Sugar Maple bar will replace Bay View Sikh Temple
For many longtime residents, the intersection of Kinnickinic and Lincoln Avenues constitutes part of "downtown" Bay View. Well, the nightlife "downtown" is about to get a little more lively.
Bruno Johnson and his wife, Adrienne Pierluissi, proprietors of the Palm Tavern at 2989 S. Kinnickinic Ave., will open The Sugar Maple, a new bar just off the K.K./Lincoln intersection at 441 E. Lincoln Ave., a building that now houses the Sikh Temple.
Why the Sugar Maple?
"It's the state tree," Johnson said. "We thought about doing something with just a maple leaf, but that makes everybody think of Canada."
The Sikh Temple, which was formed in 1997 and moved into the Lincoln Avenue location in 1999, is constructing a new location for its 400-member congregation on 13 acres at 7502 S. Howell, Ave., in Oak Creek. The construction of a 17,500 square-foot Gurudwara is expected to be complete in April.
Johnson, who opened in June 2003, is working to secure a liquor license and expects renovations to last three to four months. Though the Sugar Maple will have a different feel than Palm Tavern, there will be some similarities.
"If you've got your wits about you, you should notice a few similarities," he said. "But, there will be differences. The Palm is more like a lounge. This will be more like a bar. It will be similar to the Palm, but with more rock music and TVs."
Much like the Palm, which is known for its huge selection of Belgian beers and whiskeys, The Sugar Maple will feature a lot of options for thirsty customers.
"We'll have 50 draft beers, all American small-craft beers and microbrews, mostly from Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois," Johnson said.
Johnson expects to construct an outdoor deck "not this year, but next year," and could designate the back bar as a non-smoking area that could house jazz concerts and live music.
Johnson likes the location of the new building. "It's sort of like downtown Bay View," he said. "I like Bay View. We've got Café Lulu and Riviera Maya and The Highbury. This should be a good fit."
Word on the street is that property next to The Sugar Maple, the unit at 2306 S. Kinnickinic Ave., is being renovated and will open as "Merryweather's," a restaurant/bar with the backing of the Diablos Rojos group led by Mike Eitel.
Johnson did not confirm that development, saying only "That's the rumor."
Recently visited Sugar Maple. No TV's, music that wants to make you eat a gun, and quite honestly the poorest service I've ever expereienced...ANYWHERE! They do have a great beer selection though...but short of getting paid to drink it, I would never step into that place unless ownership did something about the type of people they employ to serve customers paying $5 plus for a pint. Barring any changes in bartenders, the place will be out of business within the year. It's too bad!
Kim sounds like my kind of hypocrite, sort of like someone who likes to watch car crashes, but not be in one herself. The suburbs are calling Kim. You too, can live on an old farm field.
I've met Bruno and wife- nice people, I'm sure this will be a great addition to Bay View. Kim, just curious, if you don't hang in bars why are you reading the bar page at onmilwaukee? Seriously, you live in or near a commercial zone, assume there will be commerce. Bruno runs a great place on KK give him a chance to do the same in your neighborhood.
This is great news. Unlike party-pooper (and apparently not-understanding-of-property-values) Kim, I am excited about another proven bar owner expanding his footprint. I live three blocks from there and will definitely patronize the place. And Kim, if you don't like bars in that area then you should have thought about that before moving in. Seriously. Highbury and Lulu are already within earshot of there, so what's the big fuss? And most of the patrons walking home from those bars walk right by the Sikh Temple as it is. This new addition won't change much...I mean if you don't consider growth and commerce change, that is. Good luck to the owners. Can't wait to check out it.
"I choose not to waste my life inside bars" awesome! i'm sure Bayview will welcome a judgmental person like you with open arms. i hope they open 12 more pubs on your block alone.
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