New gaming bar proposed for Lower East Side

Board Game Barrister plans April 1 opening date

600 E. Ogden Ave.
600 E. Ogden Ave.

Oak and Shield Gaming Pub, a new gaming bar and restaurant, has been proposed for the space currently housing Karma Bar & Grill, located at 600 E. Ogden Ave., near East Pointe Market Place in Milwaukee’s Lower East Side neighborhood.

According to a City of Milwaukee license application, Gordon Lugauer, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Board Game Barrister Ltd., wants to open Oak and Shield by April 1. It which would feature trivia, console and board games, and other entertainment including karaoke, comedy acts and live music.

The tavern would operate daily, serving lunch and dinner. It would offer patio seating and delivery services via Chicago-based online food order company GrubHub.

Lugauer founded Board Game Barrister in 2005 and has since opened store locations in South Milwaukee, at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Greenfield Towne Center in Greenfield and Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa. Neither Lugauer nor a representative of Karma Bar & Grill could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.