By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jun 04, 2009 at 12:30 PM

There's a new patio in town, but it's no typical patio. This is The Yard.

And while I haven't seen the completed product yet, pictures say it all. And, many thanks to the Iron Horse Hotel for sending these over.

Located on the west side of The Iron Horse Hotel, The Yard -- which officially opens today -- is an outdoor lounge and bar with views of the Menominee River, Downtown Milwaukee and the sparkly 6th Street Viaduct. If it's anything like the rest of the place, which it certainly seems like, it's gonna be awesome.

It is 4,600-sq. ft. of outdoor dining, drinking and hanging out space. And, seriously, pictures are worth a thousand words. So, check out the above and before the summer slips away get to The Yard.

It's open 4-11 p.m. daily, weather permitting, with extended hours coming soon.  Beginning next weekend, DJs will spin on the Yard on Fridays and Saturdays and bands will make appearances throughout the summer. 

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

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.