CALEDONIA — A new owner is hoping to reopen the former Shamrock Pub and Grill, 7641 Highway 38, as a bar and restaurant named Tailgaters in late August.
Hasan Salem has owned the Happy Tap, 6801 W. Beloit Road, West Allis, a pizza place with a bar, for about eight years. But he said he’s been in the restaurant business since he was 15, helping out at restaurants owned by extended family across the Waukesha, West Allis and Milwaukee areas.
Salem, who lives in Oak Creek, also has been a mail carrier for 24 years and said he kept passing the shuttered Shamrock. He said he’d like to move to Caledonia to have some farmland, so Tailgaters is his first step into the community.
He plans on serving the usual bar fare, such as burgers, wraps and wings, and offer a lunch special during the day. In the meantime he’s busy getting the place remodeled, inspected, licensed and ready to go.
At a village Legislative/Licensing Committee meeting on Monday, Salem said that before opening Tailgaters, he plans on replacing the carpet with hardwood floor, put in a new ceiling, new walls and have all new kitchen equipment.
“I think its awesome that you decided to invest in the Shamrock,” said Trustee Kevin Wanggaard.
Salem got lucky — a liquor license holder in the village did not renew this year, making one available. The committee decided to forward Salem’s application to the Village Board with a recommendation for approval.
The board will make its decision at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.