Businesses in the History of the LGBT Community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Restaurants, Grilles, Cafes
Name Address Opened Closed note
Antlers Hotel
Artist Glen Restaurant (aka Captain Dix) =Wisconsin Dells, 4125 Hwy 13 2003 2016 at Rainbow Valley Resort
Auctioneer's Inn 4614 Sheard Rd, Kansasville, WI 1972 2007 gay-owned
Auctioneer's Inn 2/ QuickSilver Nightclub 12700 W Bluemound Rd, Elm Grove 1983 1983 gay-owned
Belmont Hotel Coffee Shop 751 N. 4th St., Milwaukee c1945 c1971
Black Forest Inn 814 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 1976 c1978
Cafe Macaw 8th & Rogers (2000 S. 8th?), Milwaukee c1980? 1990 baceme Mom's Kitchen
Cafe Melange 720 N. Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee 1987 1997
Cafe Palms 636 W. Washington, Madison 1975 1996
Cafe Phyllis 734 S. 5th St., Milwaukee 1993 1995 dates approx
Glass Menagerie Restaurant 124 N. Water St., Milwaukee 1983 2006 in the M&M Club
Glorioso's 1010 E. Brady St., Milwaukee 1976 1978 dates approx
Grubb's Pub 807 S. Second St., Milwaukee 1992 1996 basement of La Cage
J.T.'s Bar & Grille 1506 N. 3rd St., Superior 2003 2005 bar & restaurant; dates approx
Kitty Williams Tavern 219 E. State St., Milwaukee 1940 1943 originally a brothel, went gay before closing pre-1945
Knight Owl 173 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee c1970 1972 next to Leaded Shade
Leaded Shade 157 S. 1st St., Milwaukee 1974 1979 Restaurant + bar
Loop Restaurant 603 N. 5th St., Milwaukee 1965 1972 dates approx
Legion Milwaukee being researched
M&M Club 124 N. Water St., Milwaukee 1977 2006 later known as Glass Menagerie Restaurant
Milwaukee Room 316 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee 1997 1998c fine dining
Mom's Kitchen 8th & Rogers, Milwaukee 1990 2000c former Cafe Macaw
MONA's, aka Out 'N About Restaurant 1407 S. 1st St., Milwaukee 2003
Moulin Rouge 814 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 1979 1980 dates approx
Mr. Rics' Restaurant 714 N. Broadway, Milwaukee 1975 1982 dates approx
Out 'N About, aka MONA's Restaurant 1407 S. 1st St., Milwaukee 2003
Peter's on 4th Restaurant and Bar 748 N. 4th St., Milwaukee 1983c 1987c
Prologue 2690 S. 9th St., Milwaukee 1969 1979 mixed gay/str8; dates approx
Rainbow Grille 814 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 1978 1979 bar & restaurant
Rascals Bar & Grill 702 E. Wisconsin, Appleton 1992 (present) grill within the bar
Ray's Bar & Grill 2415 Winnebago, Madison 1993 1994 bar & restaurant; dates approx
Royal Milwaukee being reearched
Seaway Inn 744 N. Jefferson St., Milwaukee 1959 1972 relocated as Seaway Restaurant
Seaway Restaurant 196 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 1972 1973 relocated Seaway Inn
Shadows 814 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 1983 1986 restaurant/ bar; dates approx
Shamrock Bar & Grill 177 W. Main St., Madison 1986 2006 grill within the bar
Sideboard Restaurant 124 N. Water St., Milwaukee 1976 1983 in the M&M Club
Silver Dollar Cafe 831 S. 16th St., Milwaukee 1997 1998
Ski Glow Cafe and Laundry 1106 S. 1st, Milwaukee 1972 1986
Spanish View Grille 103 N. Washington, Green Bay 1963 1966 dates approx
Stage Door Cafe 304 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire c1996 c1997 combined with Trading Co.
Tazzbah Bar & Grille 1712 W. Pierce, Milwaukee 1992 2007
Uptown Grille 320 State St., Madison 1963 1966 dates approx
Walker's Point Cafe 1106 S. 1st St., Milwaukee 1986 1998
Willow Haven Resort & Supperclub 4877 Haven Dr., Hazelhurst 1991 1993 dates approx

 

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