“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Muskego in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

“Do I Smell Pizza-Burgers?”

"Do I Smell Pizza-Burgers?" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Hansen, March 18, 2017
1. "Do I Smell Pizza-Burgers?" Marker
Inscription. This property was originally platted to Anson Taylor by President Martin Van Buren in 1840, then subsequently sold to William Pratt in 1854, this being platted as part of Plattsburg in 1856. In 1866 this property was sold to John Schuet who pioneered Muskego Beach. In 1925 this property was sold to Muskego Beach Amusement Company which subdivided the land into the Muskego Beach Park Addition and became known as lots 19, 20 and 21. In 1938 the original buildings were constructed and operated as a seasonal soda fountain/general store and year-round home by Gilbert and Grace Russe.

In 1946, two childhood friends, Paul (Mus) De Angelis and Hugh (Russ) McGrorty, returning from serving in WWII, decided to go into business together, purchasing this property with the first VA loan issued in the State of Wisconsin. The original restaurant specialized in homemade custard, burgers and hot dogs, but was soon changed to a drive-in restaurant format; giving birth to the "Big 3 Drive-in." The ever-enterprising pair held other jobs, as the restaurant started out as only seasonal.

In 1953, the forward-thinking friends invented the genuine Pizza-Burger sandwich. They incorporated this new venture, therefore starting a long history of genuine Pizza-Burger" sandwich franchising and the creation of Pizza-Burger seasoning. The "often imitated,
Area around marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Hansen, March 18, 2017
2. Area around marker
never duplicated" genuine Pizza-Burger" sandwich sold coast-to-coast, including Canada. At one point, over 1500 accounts served the genuine Pizza-Burger sandwich. This family-owned business was overseen from a one-room structure built around an original outdoor barbecue area. The "Big 3 Drive-In" thrived throughout the 1950s and 1960s, serving locals and visitors to Muskego Beach/Dandilion Park, as well as to cruisers and musicians, deeming the drive-in "the place" to hang out.

In the mid 1970s, Paul brought out his longtime partner, Russ, changing the drive-in to a family style restaurant. "Muskego Restaurant" continued to operate until 1993 when the De Angelis family decided to sell this property. Following the sale, this property was home to a butcher shop, day care, and floral boutique.

Pizza-Burgers may no longer be served on this site, but Pizza-Burger System, Inc. is proud to remain a part of the Muskego fabric, successfully managed by the second and third generations of the De Angelis family.
Erected 2014 by Muskego Historical Society, sign donated to the Citizens of Muskego by David L., Tracy K. and Julia M. De Angelis.
Location. 42° 54.43′ N, 88° 8.01′ W. Marker is in Muskego, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on Janesville Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is between the Muskego Beach marker and the Janesville Plank Road Tollgate marker. Marker is in this post office area: Muskego WI 53150, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Muskego Beach Amusement Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Janesville Plank Road Tollgate (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Muskego Centre Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Electric Interurban Muskego Centre Station (approx. half a mile away); The Devil's Teapot (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Muskego Town Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Muskego (approx. 0.9 miles away); Park Arthur (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muskego.
Additional keywords. Dandilion Park, Muskego Beach Amusement Park, Pizza-Burger, Big 3 Drive-In
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2017, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2017, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement We are suspending advertising until they remove an ad for a certain book from circulation. A word in the book’s title has given rise to number of complaints. The word is inappropriate in school classroom settings.