Now that Boone & Crockett is officially settled into its new Harbor District space at 818 S Water St., it’s time to welcome a new bar into the Bay View digs at 2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
The Lost Whale is a collaboration between industry veterans Tripper Duval, former mixologist for Badger Liquor, and Daniel Beres, former beverage director for Stand Eat Drink Hospitality Group. And the new cocktail-centric venue is slated to open sometime this June.
The name, The Lost Whale, is derived from an old April Fool’s Day article that purported sightings of whales in Lake Michigan. The story caused such an uproar – and so many believed the fictional tale – that a Facebook page was created, giving 11,000 followers a place to share their speculation and mysterious tales.
Beres and Duval surmised that the legend captured just the right amount of whimsy, humor and hope to aptly represent their project.
There's also a serious side to the whale theme. The Lost Whale will focus its efforts on supporting community initiatives and charitable organizations that respect and maintain Milwaukee’s waterways. The bar will practice sustainability through many facets, including biodegradable straws, cross-utilizing produce, composting waste and recycling.
"Wisconsin is filled with hard-working people who want to go out to have a good time," notes Duval in a statement. "We value their time and we’ll be focused on speed behind the bar, a minimized wait time for drinks and the cocktails will be fresh, innovative and delicious."
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