By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 07, 2022 at 11:02 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

The Lucky Clover is slated to move into the space at 1048 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. In fact, the new venue could open as soon as June.

The space formerly housed Brüdd Cafe, as well as Uber Tap Room, a craft beer and cheese bar run by Ken McNulty, owner of the adjacent Wisconsin Cheese Mart. But, as of April 1, the space has been transferred to industry veteran Jake Dehne, who will launch the new Irish concept with co-owners Seth Dehne, Jimmy Manke, James Sanchez and Taylor Korslin.

The cozy space, which only comprises about 1500 square feet of the Steinmeyer Building, will feature a small menu that pays homage to Irish pub fare, 24 tap lines featuring a mix of Irish and craft brews, a curated selection of whiskeys and Scotch and a craft cocktail menu.

The food menu, which is being developed in collaboration with Chef Adam Pawlak of Egg & Flour will be adapted for the space’s hoodless kitchen and is likely to feature items like potato skins, reuben rolls, nachos and salads along with sandwiches like a classic Reuben and grilled cheese.

Dehne says they’re hoping to utilize the upper mezzanine in the space for a lounge-style area and he’s currently working with a local artist to build a large wooden four leaf clover statue, which will be a focal point for the space.

“The idea builds on the idea of the Blarney stone,” he says, noting that the idea would be that guests would summon good luck by touching the clover on their way in or out of the bar. 

Dehne says the space will be “the perfect happy hour spot,” thanks to great views of Fiserv Forum from the bar’s front windows. But he also expects to attract post-game crowds looking for drinks and a bite to eat.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.