Danny's Lounge, with new owner, among troubled bars given new chances by West Allis

Dec. 12, 2012

West Allis - New owners have already lined up to take the places of businesses that have been sore spots to their West Allis neighbors.

At what used to be Danny's Lounge, 1900 S. 60th St., Melissa Martin, a former part-time Danny's bartender, got the go-ahead to open a sports bar with warnings from the Common Council last week. And where the Tanner Paull Restaurant used to be at American Legion Post 120, 6922 W. Orchard St., a restaurant, The BlueBQ & Blue, will open.

The owners of both previous businesses surrendered their licenses.

The city also had complaints about Tanner Paull tied to noise and groups of young people around the restaurant, which held hip-hop teen dances. Also contributing to the restaurant's demise was an apparent falling out between the two owners, said Alderman Michael Czaplewski, chairman of the License and Health Committee.

But by far the biggest problems have been with Danny's.

A sporting chance

The city cracked down on Danny's because of several incidents, one involving gunshots.

"The neighborhood wants me to shut it down so it's never a bar ever again," Czaplewski told Martin during the committee consideration of her request for a license.

"This bar has been nothing but a nuisance," said Alderman Gary Barczak, a committee member. "It's had three different owners, and the problems never went away."

Martin said she would run a sports bar called M&Ms that will benefit the community.

"I want my family to come and be totally safe and that they couldn't do that before," she said.

The committee made sure that the bar owner before Danny's would not have any dealings with the bar's operation, other than being the building's owner.

Because the previous problems came from having bands, dancing, DJs, open microphone and karaoke nights, none of those will be allowed in the new bar, at least for now. Committee members indicated that issue could be revisited in the future, depending on the business' performance.

All those restrictions will be in a plan of operation that the council will vote on Tuesday.

As final cautions, Czaplewski warned that judging by the many calls and emails he has received, "The entire neighborhood is watching you."

Indicating that the city will not be inclined to be lenient if problems arise, Barczak said, "You have to know what you're getting into."

Brewing something new

At Tanner Paull, The BlueBQ & Brew restaurant plans a January opening, said operations manager Randy Brown. The new restaurant will be owned by Lauri Purcell, who also owns Brown's BBQ Pit in Delavan.

Though blues musicians will entertain on Friday evenings, it won't be a big blues bar, Brown said.

The new owner will work hard to get the banquet facility into full swing again, Brown said, and is looking into even having some kind of dinner theater there between banquet dates. The business will also do holiday brunches.

The business does a great deal of catering at its Delavan location, and the plan is to mirror that in West Allis, he added.

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