There are several large developments taking shape in Downtown Milwaukee, including Pabst City (the Brewery), the Park East and Catalyst, a 31-story project planned for the 400 block of West Wisconsin Avenue across from the Midwest Airlines Center. And while most of these have strong desires for entertainment tenants, I haven't heard anyone mention a bowling alley.
Come on, developers, this is Milwaukee! We need a cool bowling facility Downtown.
Bayshore's planning one (IPic Entertainment is opening there), but I'll suggest right now that someone go after a Lucky Strike. These joints are sweet. Retro, mildly upscale yet lounge-like and fun -- all in one package. A Lucky Strike is exactly what Downtown needs.
In 2005, Bill Scheidhauer from Lucky Strike told me this via e-mail," I appreciate your interest in Lucky Strike. Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have any deals working in Milwaukee. But we would certainly entertain the idea if one comes up. Typically our deals are done as part of a development contract. If you find a great site, please let me know."
Again, developers are you listening?
I love Landmark and I know that Bay View Bowl, the Annex and other bowling joints aren't too far from greater Downtown. But, I representing all of us occasional bowlers, want lanes in our Downtown.
Who's with me? Who wants to bowl in Downtown Milwaukee? Let's make it happen, and then let's turn our energies to getting a movie theater already!
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.