Supervisor Jason Haas announced today that he's working with the Parks Department on a beer garden for Humboldt Park in Bay View this summer.
This beer garden would be a partnership with St. Francis Brewery and would open in May if approved by the County Board.
The groundbreaking Estabrook Park beer garden is run by Hans Wesigerber III's ABC Estabrook, Inc. Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool operate The Landing beer garden in the Tosa park.
"This is a great opportunity for Humboldt Park and to show off what the neighborhood has to offer," Haas said in a statement. "We are hoping to build off the great tradition of Chill on the Hill by bringing more people to this jewel of Bay View."
Haas and Humboldt Park Watch host a meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Humboldt Park Pavilion Meeting Room, 3000 S. Howell Ave., to get public input on the proposal. Parks Department and brewery representatives will be available at the meeting to answer questions about the proposal.
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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.