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!
Show me the other 2 Talkbacks
7 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published Oct. 9, 2015
For me and many fans, the annual MACC Fund game marks the beginning of the basketball season. It's always a fun, charitable way to see the new Bucks players and get primed for the regular season.
Published Oct. 8, 2015
I love BBQ like the next guy or girl, but have never had pancakes at the BBQ place. This should probably changes as Thrillist and HuffPost are raving about Smoke Shack's flap jacks.
Published Oct. 7, 2015
According to a post on portillos.com, Portillo's has submitted site plans to build a restaurant in Brookfield.
Published Oct. 7, 2015
Join area restaurants in supporting United Way. Participating restaurants today and tonight will donate 10 percent or more of their total sales to United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha.
Published Oct. 6, 2015
Beginning today, Oct. 6, all 125 McDonald's restaurants throughout Southeastern Wisconsin will serve breakfast all day.
Published Oct. 5, 2015
We enjoyed Bucks Fan Fest on Saturday. These types of events are fairly standardized for teams today and many have made them multi-day affairs with countless attractions and ways to earn your cheers and cash. On Saturday, the Bucks players did their best to be unique and stand out.
Published Oct. 2, 2015
Donald Trump is a big piece of the modern day political puzzle. But, did you know that The Donald also is a big piece of a sliding mural puzzle in Downtown Milwaukee?
Published Sept. 30, 2015
The fish are back, Milwaukee, with the relighting of "Dream with the Fishes for Aurora" on the Milwaukee RiverWalk on the side of Riverside Theater.
Published Sept. 29, 2015
Today, Metro Parent Magazine reports that the Holiday Train will stop in Wauwatosa thanks to the efforts of the two Girls Scouts in the city. Last year, the train stopped at 10 cities in Wisconsin, including Sturtevant, Milwaukee and Hartland.
Published Sept. 28, 2015
Writer, photographer, multimedia producer and former Milwaukeean Jake Naughton closed Milwaukee's beloved Wolski's in a recent piece for Mashable.