Barnacle Buds owner adds another "corner bar"
The owner of a popular Milwaukee waterfront restaurant continues to expand his foray into the corner bar circuit.
Gene McKiernan, the once ever-present white-bearded owner of Barnacle Bud's on the Kininnickinnic River, has been expanding his empire for the past couple years and is planning to do it again.
McKiernan opened McKiernan's, at 2066 S. 37th St., just north of Lincoln Avenue, a couple years ago and rebooted his fascination with the corner bar project.
Last year he opened Ducky's, 3172 S. 8th St., an even smaller corner joint. His next effort will be taking over the old View Inn, 1100 E. Potter Ave., in Bay View, about two miles south of his Bud's HQ.
McKiernan applied for a license earlier this month and plans to call it Victoria's, after his wife. He's keeping the bar names in the family, as Ducky's is named after his father.
The owners of the View Inn were trying to sell the entire building, but then settled for a lease option. The View Inn has been at that corner for decades, but within the past year was known for some nefarious activity in front of the bar that created consternation among the neighbors. Most of the time it was the quintessential corner tap, kitty-corner from another corner relic, Hayshaker's. McKiernan is known as a solid operator, however.
The new bar will have to wait for a license until sometime in September since the Common Council Licenses Committee is not scheduled to meet until then. Elected folks at City Hall to take the month of August off in terms of meetings.
this is going to be awesome, now my dog won't here "thuggish" noises when it used to be the View Inn! Thanks Gene for taking this over! Keep the hoodlums out of Bay View!
This was reported on Twitter over a month ago. It should be called Landlubbers.
Doug, I just talked to Nancy who owns the building. Some facts are erroneous, mainly about the owners trying to sell the building. She never stated a price to any prospective buyer. Obviously, any business is for sale at any time. I think you owe her a Miller Lite.
Wait, what about Zilenski's constant complaining about too many liqour licenses being given out in a small area? From that bar i could hit a golf ball to about 7 bars.
Congrats, Gene! A great guy. Good luck!
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