By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Apr 09, 2019 at 2:27 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

This story was updated to reflect new developments effective April 10, 2019 at 2:15 p.m

Both venues have been dark for weeks; but there’s news on the horizon for both Bad Genie, 789 N. Jefferson St., and Phoenix Cocktail Club at 785 N Jefferson St.

After 10 years of operating bars together, Robert King and Ryan Bonen, the owners of Bad Genie and Phoenix Cocktail Club, have parted ways.

Bonen, who has retained ownership for both venues, says the popular Bad Genie bar has been closed temporarily to accommodate numerous much-needed cosmetic upgrades including a refresh of the bar’s upstairs restrooms and the replacement of a variety of fixtures.

Bonen noted that the ownership change also prompted the need to update numerous records with the city, further delaying the reopening.

Bonen says Bad Genie will reopen again yet this spring, but a firm date has not been set.

As for Phoenix Cocktail Club, which shut its doors in early March, Bonen initially expressed his intention to sell the property.

However, he  retracted his initial statements in a phone conversation with OnMilwaukee this afternoon, noting that he has  made the decision to retain the property and plans to reopen the bar. He did not indicate when those plans might come to fruition.

Watch for updates on both venues as information becomes available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

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