Thursday, February 28, 2013
Conversation surrounding what should happen with the empty space that formerly housed Foxys Bar results in suggestions of other forms of nightlife and entertainment.
What to do on a Saturday night in Port Washington? Some residents wish they had more local options than what the city's current nightlife offers. With the former Foxys Bar location still sitting empty, Patch asked readers what type of entertainment they'd like to see added downtown. While some Patch readers offered ideas that would not involve a bar at all, many were quick to consider themes that would liven the city's nightlife. "Basically, anything that makes you say 'Hey, lets go out in Port tonight,'" Greg Huegerich wrote on Facebook. "Live music is one, an establishment with unique theming, decor, higher end beer choices, etc. would be another. The local bars are OK, if you happen to be out in Port. But for those who don't go out …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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.
Friday, February 8, 2013
A meeting next week between officials and business owners will offer a chance for concerns to be aired before the final reading on the Feb. 20 council meeting.
Port Washington business owners and city officials will meet next week to continue discussing an ordinance that would require both a business and security plan from applicants hoping to open an alcohol-related business in Port. Port Washington Main Street Executive Director Sara Grover attended a Common Council meeting on Tuesday to speak on behalf of many of the city's business owners during a public hearing. While Grover came with suggestions regarding details in the ordinance, she also said business owners were interested in having a more interactive role in rewriting the law. "The interaction between businesses and city is what they're looking for," Grover said referring to business owners. "To really mold and craft a really good …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Have you been to this Saukville bar and grill? Review and rate them on Patch!
Here at Port Washington-Saukville Patch, we're proud to acknowledge our neighbors in the business community. And that's why we're giving a big shout-out to one businesses that claimed their listings on Patch. Among those in Between the Greens in Saukville. This bar and grill is located on the northside of Saukville. The atmosphere creates the feel of a dive bar, country bar and sports bar. The menu features comfort food and a selection of fried snacks. The business was formerly known as McCarthy's, but changed it's name in 2011. Between the Greens also won Readers Choice for Best Place to Celebrate St. Patty's Day. Are you ready to claim your listing? Claiming your listing on Patch shows readers you're watching the reviews that are posted…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Port Washington Common Council introduced an ordinance on Tuesday night that would require a business plan as well as security plan from applicants hoping to obtain a liquor license.
Modeling the changes in large part on Green Bay's alcohol licensing process, the Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday night introduced an ordinance that would require both a business plan and security plan from applicants hoping to open an alcohol-related business in Port. The idea to strengthen the alcohol license ordinance sprouted after the closure of Foxys Bar and the controversial denial of a license to hopeful business owner Troy Koput that followed. Koput had been trying to launch Deville's Lounge, but his license was denied in December. City Attorney Eric Eberhardt read the proposed ordinance to the Common Council during its Tuesday night meeting. "This is a draft, to talk about or agree or disagree with — but it's a starting…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Slinger woman launches the business as well as another bar in Sheboygan, citing a long relationship with the bar and restaurant industry.
It was almost in her blood to launch the recently opened Port Hole, as Amie Lee said she practically grew up in the bar and restaurant industry. Her grandparents purchased a bar/restaurant when she was 4 years old, and her parents owned a restuarant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula — where Lee grew up. She moved to the area after being married — though she's since divorced. Living in Slinger now, Lee said she had always been drawn to Port Washington — which was why she chose this city to open her first bar. "I always wanted to live in Port Washington — I love it," she said, citing the lakefront and summer tourism. The name "Port Hole" is meant to stick with a nautical theme for the establishment; the bar is located at 201 W. Grand Ave., …
Friday, December 14, 2012
As hopeful business owner Troy Koput continues to meet opposition from city officials on the opening of Deville's Lounge in the former Foxys Bar location, the question arises: how many bars are too many?
Troy Koput has found many obstacles in the path to open tries Deville's Lounge in Port Washington — from building code violations to a long police call history at the former Foxys Bar location to an outright recommendation from the police chief that a liquor license be denied. City Administrator Mark Grams has also suggested that officials are looking for a different type of business to fill the spot. "How many (bars) does a city of our size have to have?" Grams said, adding he would prefer a restaurant-type bar where the primary focus would be on food to open in the now vacant space. To attempt to answer such a question, here's a look at how many liquor licenses exist in Port Washington and surrounding areas compared to the population of …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Foxy's Bar owner Andy Lanza closed the business in order to make the move to Las Vegas, starting "a new chapter" that has long been his dream. The bar space is now empty, but Lanza says there has been interest in the location.
Looking back at his nearly nine years as business owner of Foxy's Bar in downtown Port Washington, 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. "I was just kind of ready to start a new chapter in …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Supporting local is an increasingly important topic as more and more people begin to understand the value of a locally-owned business. Here's a few suggestions to add to your local list.
While the Internet has certainly played a large role in globalization, it can also help community members think local. For instance, if you've got nothing to do on a Saturday night — think again. There's plenty of businesses who regularly use Facebook as a way to let you know what's going on. Here are some local businesses to know about on Facebook. "Like" their pages, never miss a thing — and increase your local support. Find more bars in the Patch directory, and more area events in the Patch calendar. And, of course ... follow us on Facebook! What's your favorite bar in the area, or favorite business to follow on Facebook? Tell us in the comments.
Monday, February 13, 2012
There's plenty of options in Port Washington and Saukville, but let's face it — some places feel more like home than others.
Bars all across the state of Wisconsin are now forever recognized in a recently published photo book including one bar that's been in Saukville since the 1800s. J'Sports Bar and Grill — which was known as Wagen's Bar and Grill at the time the book was being put together — is featured in Carl Corey's new book called, "Tavern League." But just because it's the only local establishment that made the cut, doesn't mean it's every locals' favorite — though we don't doubt there are some J's lovers' out there. So tell us, what's your favorite local bar, and why? Write in the comments below — or, better yet, click one of the links below and give your favorite bar it's star-worthy rating and review. Now that you've picked your favorite local bar, …