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Today is the last day of business for a classic Milwaukee pub.
According to a sign posted on the restaurant's door, John Hawks Pub, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave., will not renew its lease for its Riverwalk location.
John Hawks has a long history in Milwaukee.
Founder Robert Bell opened the pub in 1971 in the lower level at 607 N. Broadway, where it was expanded in 1986. It moved to its current location in 1990. In 2011, the restaurant was sold to Brian Ward, owner of Point Burger Bar and Ward's House of Prime. In January 2015, the concept was sold again. This time, it was turned over to Sonni Islami – owner of Blue Bay Family Restaurant in Mukwonago and Porticello restaurant in Oconomowoc – who has been the managing partner ever since.
Islami was not available for comment this morning.
Watch OnMilwaukee for details about new plans for the space as they develop.
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