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

Seaway Restaurant
Location: 173 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee WI



Restaurant/ Bar/ social



'The Seaway Restaurant' was opened by owner Otto Schuler in July 1972, after the Seaway Inn was evicted from its Jefferson Street location. This space had formerly been occupied by the Knight Owl Restaurant, which had been advertising from October 1971 to January 1972, but by mid-1972 the building had been listed as "city owned".

According to the August 1972 issue of 'GPU News', the restaurant portion of Seaway Inn moved to this location, while the bar portion moved to 196 S. 2nd. at first called 'The New Seaway' but quickly renamed Jamie's. (That space had formerly been the Castaways South).

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, as is this restaurant's ultimate demise. But it is not listed or advertised anywhere that we have been able to locate.

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


Relocation article
(GPU News, August 1972)

Only known photo of owner
Otto Schuler (or Scheueler)
(M. Takach)

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Seaway and Riviera research by Michail Takach.
Last updated: May-2023.

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