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"I loved the bar, but it's great having my nights and weekends back," says Mike Zimmer.
"I loved the bar, but it's great having my nights and weekends back," says Mike Zimmer.

Three is not the charm for Zim's

Mike Zimmer opened his first bar, Zim's Sports Bar & Grill, in 2006 on Milwaukee Street in Downtown Milwaukee. Last summer, he moved the bar to 814 S. 2nd St. in the former Fifth Ward Pub space.

And now, the new location is closed, too, and Zimmer told me today during a phone conversation that he's done in the bar business.

"I had a great time. I really enjoyed myself. But it's time to move on to bigger and better things," says Zimmer. "I got an opportunity at Johnson Controls that was just too good to pass up."

Zimmer says he sold the bar to a new owner who's not quite ready to be identified. The new place, he says, will not be a sports bar, but it will be similar to Zim's in its atmosphere and offerings.

"Expect a classic, Milwaukee-style pub," he says.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for more information about the new bar when it's available. And best of luck to Mike Zimmer from all of us at OnMilwaukee.com.

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glassic | Jan. 30, 2012 at 5:53 p.m. (report)

The land lord is operating at the moment.

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napplegate | Jan. 27, 2012 at 12:38 p.m. (report)

35324 I really like the fact that he can turn his failings as a bar/pub owner into "I got an opportunity at Johnson Controls that was just too good to pass up."

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Aardvark | Jan. 26, 2012 at 4:16 p.m. (report)

34650 Please bring back Fritz's on Second

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jakkalope | Jan. 25, 2012 at 11:53 p.m. (report)

35403 "I got an opportunity at Johnson Controls that was just too good to pass up."

There's a business owner with a future, for sure. When all else fails, go back collecting the check from the 'man'.

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shary26 | Jan. 25, 2012 at 3:16 p.m. (report)

We love you Zim! :)

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