What is Missing From Port's Nightlife?

The former Foxys location continues to sit empty in Port's downtown, but signs on the building offer a plea for a new business.

Two months have passed since the denial of a license to the business hopeful who would have filled space in the former Foxys location, and the bar in Port's downtown continues to sit empty.

A large sign on the business window shouts, "Bar for Rent," and photos and papers tell the historic story of the building at 219 N. Franklin St.

It's not clear how long the space will sit empty, but a recent ordinance that changes the liquor license approval process will likely affect the new owners.

In the meantime, what type of bar do you think would best fit the former Foxys? Tell us in the comments.

Want more? Read up on the closure of Foxys and the controversy that followed.

Susan Fry February 27, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Why does it have to be a bar? Are there any other types of nightlife businesses?
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 05:43 PM
What other type of nightlife would you suggest? I agree, there are other activities that could be considered "nightlife." I would also just point out that, throughout the process of attempting to launch Devilles, it was often brought up that this location is already set up as a bar ... opening a different type of business would be a lot more involved, and require more money.
Robert B. February 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM
It wouldn't fit in that space of course, but a second run theater, ala the Rivoli in Cedarburg would be awesome. I'm too cheap for current movies and too lazy to drive to Cedarburg.
Susan Fry February 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Nice idea. Yes, probably wouldn't fit. But, a dinner theater?
Greg February 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Get Amazon Prime, $80/year gets you all the cruddy movies you can stand.
James Meyer February 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM
How about a comedy club? I'm not aware of any in the immediate area. To the best of my knowledge the closest are in Milwaukee or Germantown.
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I realize it's not downtown Port Washington, but Memories Ballroom already exists as a dinner theatre, and periodically offers comedy nights. Worth looking into: http://patch.com/L-k91n
Terry February 28, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I would like to see some more stuff for the younger crowd. Port really doesn't have a lot for the twenties crowd. Those are who you need to draw to breath some life and energy into the downtown. A nightclub for example.
Rik Kluessendorf February 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Unfortunately, those are exactly the people that the city government wants to keep out of downtown.
Howard Hinterthuer March 04, 2013 at 01:47 PM
How about a music store with a small stage and seating for about 30 listeners? Port Washington is musician-rich, but in fact we are generally off performing elsewhere.
Neil A Rubble March 04, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Why not a strip club or an adult toy store?
Vic March 05, 2013 at 12:59 AM
LOL - I needed that. Should be no problem, right?
jon dough March 05, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Look how it's set up...it can be only a bar. Comedy club,theatre, and music store with a stage all would be next to impossible to run given the shape of the place. No area for a back room and storing things such as merchandise in the basement would be quite a task given the ceiling is only 4.5" high!! It's a bar just Leave it a bar...every other bar in town that closed down reopened as a bar...pretty simple concept.
Jim Bathke March 05, 2013 at 03:54 PM
It would be a shame to not have a variety of entertainment since the stage is one of the best in the area. I saw a 60's band play here, and the place was packed with both young and old alike. Comedy, acoustic single/duos, bands, attracting all ages, serving beer, wine, coffee. Keep the pool tables, but have table seating instead of a dance area. Maybe a small specialty menu if possible? I think having a DJ alone might not go over with the city council!
Neil A Rubble March 05, 2013 at 08:18 PM
How about a bar were the bartenders are women and wear sexy and skimpy outfits? Like Hooters!
Neil A Rubble March 06, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I like that idea. People play music while scantily clad women dance!


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