About That Restaurant with Goats on the Roof in Door County, Wisconsin
Individuals and businesses have tried to copyright all kinds of wacky things over the years, but goats on the roof of a restaurant might just be the best of the bunch.
Al Johnson's, a Swedish restaurant in Door County, Wisconsin, has used the ole "goats on the roof" trick to lure customers in for meatballs since 1973. The goats were so popular and such a draw that management decided to trademark the idea in the mid-90s. And they take it very seriously. To this day, Al Johnson's will still whip your butt if you even attempt to put a goat on your roof.
How the restaurant initially came up with the idea of planting grass and goats on the roof is a little fuzzy, but is apparently the result of a series of animal-related birthday gifts given to the late owner (although once the grass was planted, we suppose the goats were a natural lawn-cutting solution). The logistics of this operation today are pretty simple. The goats access the roof every morning via a slanted stairway behind the restaurant and are left to hang out and munch during business hours. To answer your questions, no, goat is not on the menu and, yes, the goats have fallen off the roof in the past, but no one has ever been injured, goats included!
Want to see it for yourself? You can catch Al Johnsonís goats munching on the restaurantís sod roof from late May through mid-October. No plans to be in Door County? Check out what the goats are up to via the restaurant's "goat cam."
[Photos: DoorCounty.com/Door County Visitor Bureau]