Midwest Living Review
Once you buy a train caboose, what do you do with it? The owners of Flat Pennies decided to start an ice cream shop. They purchased an old restaurant, added log cabin siding and train memorabilia, and parked the caboose next door. The Soo Line caboose is on display, open for limited tours and available for rent for birthday parties. The Flat Pennies name ties into the railroad theme, referring to the old practice of placing pennies on the rails, which are flattened by passing trains. The shop serves Wisconsin-made soft-serve ice cream, in cones and in a variety of sundaes, malts and such. It also has a limited menu with items like brats, hot dogs and shredded beef sandwiches (all reasonably priced under $4). Locals talk this place up, and it's no doubt a hit with kids (and dogs, who get their own "pet rest stop" area). But in this case, the hype may outshine the reality.