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Not a lot of folks are announcing that they’re opening new bars during the pandemic shutdown, but one family is.
The Creeds, who have owned The Newport in Bay View for more than a dozen years, has taken over the former Nino’s Tap, 3672 S. Kansas Ave., in St. Francis.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Tim Creed said that he and his brother Brendan and their dad Franky, "after 15 years of bar-operating-bliss in Bay View ... have decided to embark on a second adventure."
The new tavern will be called Creed’s Foggy Dew, which Tim says is, "a kind of tribute to our family, our Irish heritage and taking a bit of inspiration from our travels in the homeland Ireland."
Of course, it’s unclear when Creed’s Foggy Dew will pour its first pint of frothy Guinness thanks to the shutdown, but the Creeds are optimistic.
"(It’s) not exactly how we planned it – opening a new bar during a worldwide pandemic-induced shutdown – but we are as excited as ever.
"And hey, we'll have some time to do a little remodeling and polishing."
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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.