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Pingpong is coming to Milwaukee.

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Like Spin New York, Spin Milwaukee is co-owned by acrtress Susan Saradon.

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Table tennis, anyone?

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Chicago St. will welcome Spin Milwaukee this summer.

Sarandon's Spin Milwaukee brings pingpong to the Third Ward this summer


Get ready, Milwaukee. Table tennis, with a twist that's custom made for our city, is coming to the Historic Third Ward this summer.

Spin Milwaukee, 233 E. Chicago St. (across from Rubin's), will open later this summer and will feature 16,500 square feet of table tennis (12 tables and one center court), bars, a restaurant, pro shop and private event rooms. It's not your father's tennis club. This is custom designed, Olympic-caliber pingpong and entertainment.

And, yes, table tennis is an Olympic sport. It's also one of hottest and fasting growing social and athletic trends in Hollywood and New York City. In fact, Spin Milwaukee is licensed from an investor group owned by actress Susan Sarandon that owns and started Spin New York, a 13,000-square foot table tennis social club located on Park Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Spin New York, opened in 2009, also is a bar, lounge and a restaurant.

I haven't been there but I love what I see at its Web site.

Sarandon, who is leading the celebrity buzz for ping-pong, told Entertainment Weekly recently, "The funniest thing is all the celebrity players who've come out of the woodwork: Jamie Foxx, George Clooney, the guys in Arcade Fire. It seems like every time I'm here, someone challenges me to a game."

The group of local investors (Scott Mayer of QPS Companies, Lance Allan of Channel 4, Doris Mayer, Gary Drska and Dan McNulty) has licensed the New York club name and operations from Sarandon's group and will open Spin Milwaukee in the old Reliable Knitting building in August or September.

Annual individual memberships are $360 ($30 per month), but membership drives and specials will be launched soon.

Sarandon, who is a co-owner of the Milwaukee club, is expected to be in Milwaukee next weekend.

Spin Milwaukee will be open 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Wednesday and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday- Saturday.

I'll keep you updated with additional details as I get them. Until then, get ready to get your pingpong on Milwaukee!


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kpeiffer | May 19, 2010 at 11:22 a.m. (report)

Milwaukee won the bid to host the USA Table Tennis 2011 US Open, featuring the best table tennis players and Olympians from around the world. Mark your calendars for June 29-July 5th, 2011 at the Frontier Airlines Center!!! VISIT Milwaukee

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LegallyBlonde | May 19, 2010 at 10:40 a.m. (report)

Ping Pong place + Paintball Dave's + Plethora of Bars + proximity to Solid Gold = Third Ward being a Pretty cool bachelor party destination all of a sudden.

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rootdown42 | May 18, 2010 at 10:51 p.m. (report)

Wow I love this idea. This is by far the best thing Susan Sarandon has ever been associated with.

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jzonoozi | May 18, 2010 at 3:01 p.m. (report)

My last post had the wrong website for the Shorewood Table Tennis Club. It is www.shorewoodttc.org.

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jzonoozi | May 18, 2010 at 2:58 p.m. (report)

I am very hopeful for this club. I am a competitive player from the Shorewood Table Tennis Club and it is a cool opportunity for the sport to grow. This will help our club grow. If you think this is cool come, to the Shorewood Table Tennis Club, www.shorewoodttc.com

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