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The Innkeepers


We invite you to meet our team members and learn more about the people who make Red Circle Inn a one-of-a-kind dining destination.


Executive Chef

Joe Heppe

Heppe grew up in Hartland, Wis., and in his early years worked in kitchens around Milwaukee, including Gracious Catering and Bjonda. After moving to Chicago, he joined the city's highly reputable restaurant scene, which began to greatly influence his style. The Indian-Latin fusion restaurant Vermilion and Chef Jose Garce's Mercat a la Planxa were the first to make an impact on Heppe. His next move was opening Untitled as the executive chef, followed by Oak + Char, known for its open hearth cooking. During Heppe's time in Chicago, the restaurants he tenured received high praise and numerous awards.


He went on to become executive chef at Edgewater Hotel in Madison before returning to Lake Country in 2017 as executive chef at Geronimo Hospitality Group's I.d. inside The Delafield Hotel. He's bringing his culinary style to Red Circle Inn, working closely with local farmers, small business owners and diners to create a dining experience that's truly unique to Red Circle Inn.


General Manager

Kyle Johnson

As a Wisconsin native, Kyle grew up visiting Red Circle Inn with his family during visits to Lake Country. His hospitality journey has led him full circle as the general manager of the historic Red Circle Inn. With a background spanning over 15 years within the food and beverage industry, Kyle’s honed his expertise in leadership roles across bars and restaurants throughout Wisconsin. Kyle is eager to share the timeless charm of Red Circle Inn with new families while working closely with the staff to create innovative ways to deliver the exceptional service that has kept guests coming back for generations. 


Assistant General Manager

Erin Spieker

Erin is no stranger to the hospitality scene. A Wisconsin native, she began her career working as a server at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, Wisconsin. While serving she gained valuable skills which eventually led her to being promoted to the dining room manager. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2022. As assistant general manager, Erin helps oversee kitchen and dining room operations while ensuring guests have exceptional service from the moment they walk through the door and upholding the reputation Red Circle Inn has had for generations. 


Sous Chef

Rachel Terrill

Wisconsin-born Rachel immersed herself in hospitality from an early age. Inspired by the Pacific Northwest's culinary richness, she honed her skills at the acclaimed Flora Restaurant Group in Seattle. Returning home, Rachel continued her culinary journey at I.d., mastering all kitchen areas. Now at Red Circle Inn, she's dedicated to elevating experiences and honoring its legacy.


Sous Chef

Tim Jordan

A Wisconsin native, Tim's culinary journey was inspired by his mother and grandmother’s southern cooking. From The Norbert to Brandy Wine and Eldr+Rime, he honed his skills before joining the opening team at Red Circle Inn. With a background in both savory and pastry, Tim brings a versatile touch to the kitchen, elevating every dish with his passion and expertise.

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