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

Seaway (Restaurant and Bar)
Location: 173 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee WI



Restaurant/ Bar/ social



'The Seaway' was apparently opened as a restaurant, but is also remembered as a bar. Owner Otto Schuler opened this new 'Seaway' in this space (formerly occupied by the Knight Owl Restaurant) in July 1972, after the Seaway Inn was evicted from its Jefferson Street location.

According to the August 1972 issue of 'GPU News', the restaurant moved to this location, while the bar portion moved to 196 S. 2nd. as Jamie's (formerly the Castaways South).

It's likely that, after the bar portion of the old Seaway Inn (which had become Jamie's) closed in 1973 (soon to become The BallGame), old 'Seaway Inn' regulars moved across the street to the new Seaway-- which, while originally opened as a restaurant, also had a bar, and became remembered for its bar as the replacement to the old Seaway Inn.

The owner Otto Schuler, who had also previously owned the Seaway Inn, died suddenly in November 1973 at age 49. (Who ownership transferred to is unknown.)

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.


Relocation article
(GPU News, August 1972)

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Seaway and Riviera research by Michail Takach.
Last updated: May-2021.

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