Village at 170 unveils revamped facility

Live music to debut with The Toys
by Jeff Pederson
of The Review staff

THE VILLAGE AT 170 in Kohler features a remodeled exterior, including new front sign, siding and facade and patio. — Review photo by Jeff Pederson THE VILLAGE AT 170 in Kohler features a remodeled exterior, including new front sign, siding and facade and patio. — Review photo by Jeff Pederson Over the past 10 months, Jeff and Mel Romanoski, owners of The Village at 170, have been taking their time to get it right.

After acquiring the former Range Line Inn from longtime owners Dave and Denise Schneider on Jan. 4, the Romanoskis have been busy revamping the multi-use banquet hall, hospitality and entertainment facility, located at 170 Range Line Road in Kohler.

A recently completed exterior upgrade features several eye pleasing features, including two brand new lighted signs, patio area, brick facade, classic brown and gold siding and illuminated window treatments.

“We wanted to freshen up the outside of the building,” Jeff Romanoski said. “It was kind of dark, so we have done quite a bit to light up the building with new signs and window lighting.

“We think the changes have made the building look more inviting from the outside,” he said.

The interior of the facility has also been updated to offer a modern, relaxed and comfortable ambiance.

“The interior has also been redone with new lighting and new ceiling tiles in the grand ballroom,” Jeff said. “Our goal was to give the whole facility a warmer feeling.”

Mel says the 10-month revitalization project is closing in on full completion.

“We’ve been working on this since the first week of January and we are about 90 percent done at this point,” Mel said. “To us, it has been a long process that occurred over a short period of time. It has been a whirlwind year for us, that’s for sure.”

The Village at 170 includes a 1,200-square-foot grand banquet hall with a capacity of 800 people, along with a dance floor, stage and full bar area.

The facility also features the Badger Room, which includes seating for 300, a large dance area and full bar.

The grand ballroom will be rockin’ on the night before Thanksgiving Wednesday, Nov. 23, when popular regional band The Toys will perform for what the Romanoskis hope will be the first of many live music events at The Village at 170.

The Milwaukee-based band showcases a diverse catalogue of songs, which includes a blend of rock, pop, Top 40 and classic rock music.

“Our plan is to have four live music nights a year with top bands from the area playing,” Jeff said. “The Toys are a great band with a big following, so we are hoping for a good turnout.”

Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m. with The Toys scheduled to be on stage from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There will be an $8 cover charge for The Toys performance.

The event will also feature a free shuttle service to residents of Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan and Kohler between 8 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

“We want to provide people with a safe ride home,” Jeff said. “It is another extra thing that we want to provide for our guests. The shuttle will bring people home from The Village at 170.”

For more information on the shuttle service call Tim at 920-547- 0338.

Looking ahead to 2017, the Romanoskis are looking forward to adding a one-night-a-week restaurant specializing in Friday Night fish fries.

“We are planning to open a restaurant on Friday nights that will offer a fish fry and well as a smaller menu with appetizers in the Badger Room,” Jeff said. “Eventually we are looking to offer advance ordering online to provide our guests with an extra convenience.”

In addition, more entertainment is in the works for the Badger Room.

“When the restaurant opens we want to have more entertainment offerings like a DJ,” Jeff said. “We will be adding TVs, so we will be able to host Packer and Badger parties.”

According to Mel, The Village at 170 staff features a number of former Range Line Inn employees as well as several new hires.

“Quite a bit of the staff has stayed on, which has been great for us,” Mel said. “Providing quality service is very important and our staff definitely does that.

“We have a very close-knit staff, which makes it even more special,” she said. “We’ve added more staff in the past year and we hope to add more as we go.”

Mel says interest in the facility has been high and business has been booming in the first year of operation.

“We’ve been blessed with a lot of support during our first year in business,” Mel said. “We’ve had all kind of events, including weddings, banquets, benefits, fundraisers, business meetings, school group meetings and other types of community events.

“Everything with the transition in ownership has gone very well,” she said. “Right now, we are booking out a year in advance and even into 2018. The word of mouth has been outstanding and the response from the people that have been here has been remarkable.”

For more information on The Village at 170, call Mel Romanoski by phone 920-467-2584, e-mail or visit

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