The former Drink Wisconsinbly Pub, in the space at 135 E. National Ave. that was originally renovated as a home for the now-defunct Blue Jacket restaurant, will become Allie Boy’s Bagelry & Luncheonette.
According to a report in the Business Journal Wednesday, husband and wife Ben Nerenhausen and Staci Lopez are planning a restaurant – named in honor of Lopez’ father – that offer a modern take on the classic Jewish delicatessen.
According to the report, Allie Boy’s will make its own cream cheese and smoked fish and will serve breakfast sandwiches and bagels and will have a liquor license to serve beer, wine and spirits.
The goal is to open the restaurant by fall.
Drink Wisconsinbly Pub opened in the space in 2016 – the year after Blue Jacket closed – and shut down there last December.
The pub – which OnMilwaukee readers named Milwaukee’s best pub in the 2018 Best of Bars poll – reopened in the Fiserv Forum live block in March.
Blue Jacket replaced the Triangle Bar in the space in 2012.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.