History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Bars and Clubs

 
Shadows
Location: 814 S. 2nd Street

Opened:
Closed:

unknown/ open mid-80's
unknown
Clientele:

Male/ female
Bar/ Restaurant/ social

 

 
Shadows building in 2004
       
 

Shadows was opened as a 45-seat restaurant/bar serving old fashioned American food. It quickly became a favorite restaurant for the gay community, earning a reputation among locals as well as visitors to the city. The restaurant was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week; the bar was opened until legal closing time (2:00am at the time).

The restaurant and owner Frank Thalacker were praised in an article in Milwaukee Calendar (a 'bar rag' in the mid 1980's).

 


Advertisement, March 1984


Advertisement, May 1985


Article in Milw. Calendar

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: May 5, 2004.