Foxys' Closing Impacts Community in 2012
A recap of the top 10 stories of 2012 remembers the closing of Foxys Bar in September, and the controversy that followed.
Editor's note: Looking back on 2012, there were a lot of ups and downs experienced by the Port Washington and Saukville community.
While the good times are often easier to remember, it's important to also take note of the tragic events that mold the community and bring its members together — and to never let go of the memories of those we have lost, who meant so much.
This series of Top 10 stores in Port Washington and Saukville takes a look at some of the most memorable moments here this year. The top 10 stories were chosen based on qualifications such as the number of readers on an article and the amount of Facebook "likes" or "recommendations" it had, as well as community impact — among other considerations.
The No. 3 story features Foxys Bar, which shut down after nine years of business in Port. Owner Andy Lanza said he most cherishes the "big moment" celebrations and all the relationships that started and blossomed at the bar.
The bar saw its final "last call" over the last weekend in September. Lanza said several customers came to him before the closing, recounting memories of 21st birthday celebrations, bachelor and bachelorette parties or about how they met their now wife or husband while out at the bar.
"Those are pretty cool, to sit back and see that (happened) … because of (Foxy's)," Lanza said.
The decision to close the bar simply came because Lanza was ready to do something new.
The former Foxys location sits vacant after a liquor license was denied to a hopefule business owner. Read more about the controversy and the fate of the location.