Meet Andrea Ligenza Lemke
Andrea Ligenza Lemke was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. A graduate of the prestigious Carmel High School in Mundelein, Il, where she was in the orchestra band, Andrea went on to pursue a degree in accounting at the College of Lake County. Shortly thereafter, she met her husband, Rick Lemke, an active duty US Marine. As a military wife, Andrea moved with Rick to his various US stations around the country, eventually settling with their three daughters in Aurora, SD, after her husband’s military retirement.
As she puts it, to get a bit of time out of the house, Andrea began bartending at a local Aurora pub and there started to dream of one day owning her own bar and grill. As luck would have it, the owner of the pub wanted to sell, and so began the era of Lemke’s Bar and Grill. Over a span of 9-1/2 years, Lemke’s Bar and Grill grew to become a local favorite… and supported their family of five! Andrea’s knack for knowing what her customers wanted coupled with a keen eye for managing costs, allowed them to renovate and continually improve the customer experience.
True to her sense of community, Lemke’s Bar and Grill gave back to the local community through donations and sponsorships, including Aurora Gala Days, SD Honor Flight, and Aurora A’s baseball team. In addition to running their business, Andrea was a very active in the Girl Scouts of America with her three daughters, serving as a Girl Scout Leader and Girl Scout Cookie Coordinator.
After 9-1/2 years in the bar business, the Lemke’s received an offer they could not refuse and sold their business. Following a much-needed year of rest, Andrea grew anxious to get back to work, and her desire to help another business grow landed her at Den-Wil Hospitality. Since Andrea has come onboard as Operations Manager of Wilbert Square Event Center and Front of House Manager of Wilbert’s Alehouse, Den-Wil Hospitality has enjoyed a steady stream of satisfied customers. Through her attention to detail and a true desire to make every event magical, customers refer their friends to Den-Wil Hospitality,
the best compliment of all.
Andrea has been a driving force in opening Wilbert’s Alehouse. She looks forward to having the community come out and enjoy this
top-notch venue and celebrate all that the
Wilbert Square Event Center has to offer.