Whiskey Bar in East Town to close next month

Building owner considering development options for site

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pm

788 N. Jackson St., photo by Google

Longtime tavern Whiskey Bar in downtown Milwaukee’s East Town neighborhood will permanently close next month after 10 years in business.

The bar, located near Cathedral Square at 788 N. Jackson St., will shut its doors Saturday, Feb. 2, according to an announcement posted on its Facebook page Wednesday.

It will remain open on Fridays and Saturdays until the closure.

Since its opening, Whiskey Bar had been the only tenant in the four-story Jackson Street building. The property, according to the closure announcement, will soon be redeveloped into a “multi-story incredible project.”

In the announcement, Whiskey Bar owners said they “knew someday this building would be razed and there will be an incredible development opportunity at this location, which we hope to be part of in the upcoming year.”

Building owner Van Buren Management Inc. is considering plans to rehabilitate the 60-year-old building, but if that’s not possible, it will likely be razed and replaced with a new development, said Joel Lee, president of the firm.

“We are exploring various options,” he said.

Lee said the firm is currently deciding if the building, which was once a car dealership, is salvageable. Plans will be determined before the end of this year.

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Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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