You may have noticed that after two decades, Fluid on 2nd, 819 S. 2nd St., in Walker's Point, recently changed its logo. That new design also gave owner Bill Wardlow inspiration for a theme for this year's holiday decor in the tavern, which he describes as, "a progressive gay bar ... open to everyone."
As bars and restaurants in the City of Milwaukee continue to strategize and make plans for an uncertain future, many are using their time to reimagine how they can better serve customers when they reopen their doors. In some cases, theyï¿½TMre pivoting entirely and taking the opportunity to rethink concepts to better serve the community they serve.
Valent's, which opened at 3853 N. Richards St., in 1946, has been sold, according to Ed Valent. The future use of the space is unclear, he says.
Bert's Bar in St. Francis has a classic pub and grill feel in an updated space with lots of friendly people who are ready to laugh and chat.
Last year, Laura Coffey Medina and her husband bought a gorgeous, triangular former Schlitz tied house tavern at 9401 S. Ewing Ave. on Chicago's South Side that they are working to reopen sometime this year. They need help locating an original window that was recently removed.
Brew City Tap, 3105 W. Forest Home Ave., has a modern appearance with large windows, pool table and a recently-constructed patio, but the history of the tavern is everywhere. Including sitting at the bar.
According to Facebook posts, including by a long-time DJ at the bar, Frank's Power Plant, 2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Bay View, has closed.
Dick and Gloria Kinnee opened the West Allis corner tap in 1992 and continue to enjoy the bar life - particularly their customers.
The current Club Garibaldi building dates to 1907 - or so it seems. But the site's tavern history goes back further than that and, as you'll see, that history is both interesting and quite colorful.
The iconic Brown Bottle restaurant, located at 221 W. Galena St. in Schlitz Park, is turning 80 this year. To celebrate, the historic tavern and restaurant will host a grand 80th anniversary party.
With its intimate triangle-shaped bar, midcentury modern architecture, a welcoming owner, a killer fish fry and a site with more than 165 years of tavern history, Gard's, 7170 W. Burleigh St., is truly a gem.
In the heart of Greenfield, less than a mile north of I-43, is a classic corner bar, a 41-year-old neighborhood pub where the drinks are cheap, the service is fast and friendly, the conversation comes easy and everyone is a regular - or becomes one quick.
Sometimes all it takes is a passing reference - a little tidbit - to crack open a bigger story. When I mentioned John Hausch's early 20th century tavern in Tosa Village in my Colonel Hart's story, my friend Joe Hausch contacted me to say thanks for mentioning his grandpa's tap. Then, the history emerged.
At age 51, Dean Ratas finally got his "bucket list" job when he opened Studz Pub, a sports bar and grill in West Allis.
Sometimes gems are truly hidden. And sometimes they're hidden in plain sight. Such is the case for Rollie's, 7751 N. Teutonia Ave., a tavern which celebrated its 45th anniversary this past year.