Charlie's Place, Hortonville, WI

Charlie's Place, 806 W Main Street, Hortonville, Wisconsin, August 15, 2012
Elvis Sighting at Charlie's Drive-In, Hortonville, Wisconsin, August 15, 2012
Carl Mann and sister Rachel present an enveloping "shabby chic" dining experience at Charlie's Drive-In having instinctively turning the family restaurant into participation-based art with a dash of performance. A great time to check Charlie's out and get a fishwich deluxe, onion rings and a black cow is during "death week" -- the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. Classic cars, rockabillies, Carl dressed as Elvis, wife Tory as Marilyn Monroe bustle all around as Charlie's unfurls a rich social experience of the sort that corporate America can only describe on their websites but can never attain. We shot our last Kodachrome movie film there in 2010 to document the history of the place and the story of Carl's metamorphosis into Elvis.

 Charlie's in Kodachrome by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann, regular 8 mm, 19:27, 2010


  1. I am the third sibling who lives far away but grew up around this restaurant when our parents owned it, and worked there as a kid through parts of my 20s along with my whole family. What my bro and sis have done with this place is nothing short of astonishing, and I'll tell you, sometimes I want a Charlie's bacon chee, onion rings, and black cow so damn bad I consider boarding a plane. Long live Carl and Rachel's!!

  2. Well done,had a little Pulp Fiction feel, nice. you did a great job of capturing the essence of "Charlie's Place"