Romell reported that the pending closing of the Brady Street True Value, 1234 E Brady St., could mean a new Camp Bar location. He reported, "would-be buyer Dominion Properties had lined up the third Milwaukee-area location of Camp Bar." Camp Bar currently has locations in Shorewood and Wauwatosa.
Shortly after my tweet, Paul Hackbarth, the owner of Camp Bar, responded and put the brakes on the report.
Romell quotes Ald. Nik Kovac in his story as saying, "It's basically a nonstarter, to turn a hardware store into a bar."
In recent years, Brady Street’s becoming even more of an entertainment destination with bars, taverns and restaurants.
In fact, I picked up dinner on Brady Street tonight.
Steph Salvia, executive director of the Brady Street Business Improvement District, told me via email that the association wants to "make sure the street stays as diverse as possible with a nice mix of service, retail and office space in with all of the bars and restaurants."
For now, we’ll have to wait and see if it’s time for Camp Bar to claim a piece of the historic street that's always full of fun and life.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.