By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 12, 2024 at 2:28 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

In addition to its already announced Giving Tree Garage tap truck beer garden, Draft & Vessel, which has beer bars in Shorewood and Wauwatosa, is opening another “permanent” bar in Walker’s Point.

Owner Nathaniel Davauer told the Journal Sentinel that he found the new location, 723 S. 2nd St., while working on the beer garden project, expected to open this year at 902 S. 2nd St.

He said he’s unsure if the new bar will be called Draft & Vessel, though he added that the model – taps of craft beer, with draft cocktails, wine and other RTD drinks – will be similar to the D&V locations at 4417 N. Oakland Ave. and 7479 Harwood Ave.

Davauer hopes to open both the bar and the beer garden in May, but definitely in time for the annual Pride Parade in June.

In addition to the bricks and mortar bars, Davauer also operates a seasonal eight-tap 1941 Ford beer truck at Milwaukee Public Market in the Third Ward and Rk'd, a mobile bar with 12 tap lines and a Nintendo console installed in a 1969 Ford Econoline van.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.