[Sister Bay, WI] — Could this be what they mean by a “green” building?

Arguably one of Door County, Wisconsin’s most distinctive dining establishments, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant features live goats grazing on its sod roof.

The family-owned eatery has been around for more than 60 years, but the grass roof and its bovid caretakers were added as part of a 1973 remodeling.

The animals get to take winters off (good thing; it gets cold in this part of Wisconsin), and every night they come down via a “goat ramp” around back and are shuttled to a nearby pasture.

Although I didn’t dine there, the restaurant’s menu features Swedish recipes and servers dressed in Scandinavian garb, and seems quite popular.

To see just what the goats are up to right this minute, the restaurant’s website has a “goat cam” (actually 2 cameras): http://www.aljohnsons.com/goat-cam/


Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik


10698 N. Bay Shore Dr.

Sister Bay, WI 54234

(920) 854-2626

Door County tourism information:


(800) 52-RELAX

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  1. ana

    July 26, 2012

    Do you know if there was another place with goats on roof in WI near IL border? I recall going with my aunt but not driving that far from Chicago for it

    • Travelin' Gringo

      July 27, 2012

      I don’t know about that – perhaps someone else reading this from Wisconsin knows?

  2. This is absolutely amazing! I must eat here.
    Scott – Quirky Travel Guy recently posted..The unforgettable experience of flightseeing and landing on a glacier

  3. Cathy Sweeney

    July 17, 2012

    Hey, I was just directly across Green Bay from Door County at the in-laws. Haven’t been to Door County in a while, but would love to go back. I had forgotten about Al Johnson’s — fun place!

  4. Seriously? What a hoot this would be to see in person! Do the goats ever jump off the roof?
    Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista recently posted..Eye Catching Porrentruy Switzerland

    • Travelin' Gringo

      July 17, 2012

      Debbie, according to the restaurant’s website, the goats have fallen off the roof before, but “no one was hurt.” I don’t know if the uninjured included the goat, or not.

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