About Rustic Roadhaus

The Rustic Roadhaus

Hello, I am Teresa Bergren Umbach and I am the owner of the Rustic Roadhaus. My husband David and I grew up in northern Illinois. That is where we met, got married and had our two daughters, Kirsten and Rachel. But we had both developed a great love of the North Woods. So, moving to Manitowish Waters was a natural for us. Shortly after we moved we purchased Harry’s Super Market, changing the name to Umbach’s Shurfine Foods. We truly enjoyed our customers and owning a business in the North Woods.

In 2001 the restaurant next door became available. It seemed natural to own both, so we bought it! David and I settled into running both businesses and raising our family. Getting to know all those who lived and visited Manitowish Waters and being a part of this community was a bonus for us.

In 2003 my husband David died suddenly of a brain aneurism. While dealing with our grief, Kirsten, Rachel and I made the decision to move back to Illinois to be close to our family. Being close to family was great but the allure of the North Woods was too much to resist and we moved back to Manitowish Waters.

Before we had moved to Illinois, the grocery store was sold; shortly after we returned to Manitowish Waters I resumed ownership of The Rustic Roadhaus. While owning a business in a seasonal area is a challenge, as everyone here can tell you, the benefits outweigh all challenges. We treasure our customers and enjoy getting to know each and everyone of them. We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to make a visit to The Rustic Roadhaus a pleasure. We hope to see you soon!


Don & Marion Coan bought the restaurant in January 1973 and named it Coan’s Rustic Manor. They came up from Chicago with six children and had their seventh in 1976. the coan’s served breakfast, lunch, & dinner until they sold the business in 1993.