The mid-'90s country bar craze didn't last too long, but country music is very strong in the Milwaukee area and, in similar sized cities like Cincinnati, places like Cadillac Ranch Bar & Grill have helped transform the old notion of the country bar with bar and grill concepts.
So, it's no surprise that Sullivan's, 1227 N. Water St., is changing its concept to "a country/rock n' roll hotspot" to be called Red Rock Saloon.
A post on Craigslist says that the current upscale sports bar owned by Joe and Angie Sorge (Swig, AJ Bombers, Water Buffalo) will become "Red Rock Saloon, Milwaukee's only a country/rock n' roll hotspot" and "is now hiring all positions."
The Water Street location has been a number establishments through the years. From Luke's Sports Spectacular to 1225 Water to Swig to Sullivan's. Red Rock Saloon is scheduled to open in September.
I'll have more information soon, but I do know that Red Rock will serve food too. It's already scheduled to participate in WMSE's annual Food Slam event on October 1.
I found it funny how you write an article about a bar that is no longer owned by Joe Sorge yet you still make sure you promote him. This new bar is not owned by nor affiliated with Joe at all. You have failed to revisit the Red Rock Saloon and obvioulsy missed the grand opening otherwise I would have expected to see an article about it that was factual instead of relying on information posted in Craigslist. Its a nice place. Different and is a significant contribution to the water street scene.
Red Rock Saloon is probably going to be the best place to ever Water Street. It has terrific owners and great new staff, and a mechanical bull. Predict it's going right to the top of popular clubs in Milwaukee.
There are new owners for Red Rock...this place is going to be awesome and yes they do have a mechanical bull...will be open this weekend for the Harley Rally rumor has it...
What about the old MJ's space this group was suppose to turn into a BBQ joint? It's been sitting for months now gutted and looking very blighted. Just my opinion, but the 3rd Ward has a fit if you don't paint your gutters the correct color. The place looks like a dump. Come on!
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