Milwaukee's entertainment district is about to get coyote ugly. That's right, Coyote Ugly Saloon, the chain of now 11 bars that inspired the 2000 movie of the same name with Piper Perabo, Adam Barcia and Maria Bello, is coming to Water Street. The first Coyote Ugly Saloon opened its doors in New York on Jan. 27, 1993.
Last week, Brian C. Randall, an agent for a company doing business as Cuss Milwaukee, LLC applied for a liquor license for 1131 N. Water St. It's the building that originally housed Terrace Bar and most recently Tequila Rita's. The multi-level building features a roof top deck.
In a blog on coyoteuglysaloon.com, founder Liliana Lovell wrote this on March 18, "Just got back from Milwaukee. We found an awesome space there. It was St. Patrick's Day and the street was packed with people partying! Ca ching!!"
Ald. Jim Bohl, chair of the Licenses Committee, told me that the entity has had interest in the location and that "a couple reps from Coyote Ugly met with Ald. Bob Bauman around May and then stopped in to see me briefly."
Bohl didn't know the time-frame for opening and a staff person at the city said a hearing on the liquor has not yet been scheduled. Downtown Ald. Bauman also confirmed the Coyote Ugly application.
E-mails to the company have not been returned, but the application's agent, attorney Brian Randall from Friebert, Finerty & St. John, is putting me in contact with the company.
So, stay tuned as we get additional information. Once I hear more on the liquor license hearing and possible opening day, I'll post an update.
In the meantime, here's the trailer from the movie.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
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