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Another change on North Avenue?

The evolution of Milwaukee's East Side – particularly North Avenue and surrounding streets – is a torrid topic these days. From Von Trier announcing a change and then denouncing the change to the addition of many new restaurants and zero new straight-up bars, it's not surprising that The Eastsider, 1732 E. North Ave., might morph, too.

Recently, Alex Sperry applied for a liquor license for a business named Baccanera that, if approved, will take over The Eastsider space. OnMilwaukee contacted current owner Jason Growel who says it's a possibility ownership and concept could change, but there were a few hurdles to hop first.

Growel purchased The Eastsider – which has been a tavern since the post-Prohibition days – about a decade ago. He remodeled the space in late 2009 / early 2010.

What do you think about the developments in the North Avenue area and its diminishing bars and taverns? Ramen restaurants, indoor mini-golf and sports bars with solid pub fare – is this the right direction for the neighborhood?


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