Kristyn and Mike Eitel formed a new partnership and purchased The Sports Channel on Upper Nemahbin Lake outside of Oconomowoc in the Village of Summit.
The couple renamed the space and quietly opened Panga Bar and Grill, 34422 Delafield Rd., on Friday, June 5, and plan to open Nomad Boardsports later this summer in a building at the same location.
Nomad Boardsports will be a bait shop, board and boat rental facility and offer a variety of water-related merchandise, sundries and apparel. Eventually lessons and tours will be available as well.
The couple was engaged on the lake while paddle-boarding during the fall of 2013.
"It’s just such an amazing location and was already very special to us," Mike Eitel said. "I’ve been coming to this bar since my early childhood – my grandparents used to live on the lake and we would stop in for a burger after fishing or grab minnows at the bait shop on our way out."
The Eitels are long-time operators of bars and restaurants in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. Kristyn is a partner at all three BelAir Cantinas as well as Fink’s and helps lead Mojofuco Restaurant Group.
Mike has opened over a dozen places in the Milwaukee area over the last 20 years and late last year left his position as co-CEO of the Lowlands Group to refocus on his original Nomad concept.
The Eitels have big plans for their new ventures.
"The hope is to figure out the to best way to deal with runoff from the road and parking lot, mitigate the impact the buildings currently have on the shoreland and water ecosystem, and still create a great space serving great products to the community," says Mike.
Panga Bar and Grill is currently open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
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