Last week a reader challenged us to name the location of this coin-themed establishment.
Peter Jones writes:
"A quick internet search suggests Regano's Roman Coin Bar in Milwaukee, WI is the photo supplied. It specializes in local craft beers and suggests that clients bring in food from local eateries close by."
Yeah, that turned out to be an easy one.
Ken Barr writes:
"Too easy, didn't even have to Google it ... Milwaukee WI, but I thought it was a bar rather than a restaurant.
If I remember correctly, a bunch of us (possibly an NBS mini-gathering) were going to go here for a drink during the 1986 ANA convention, but plans fell apart (perhaps in favor of the NLG Bash instead). Cal Wilson and John Bergmann were undoubtedly heavily involved in planning the escapade as they were sharing a booth at that convention ..."
John Phipps writes:
"Well it is a tavern on the corner. It must be Milwaukee! Where the zoning law requires a tavern on every corner. Regano's Roman Coin, 1004 Brady St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin."
Barbara Bailey writes:
Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online for the Beer Garden and basement bowling alleys.
Milwaukee is awash in rumors about secret bowling alleys, hidden tunnels and former rooming houses. But in the case of Regano's Roman Coin, a family-owned bar at 1004 E. Brady St., it's true. Well, most of it.
Run by Teri Regano, whose dad Joe bought the place in 1966 and renamed it, Roman Coin is the quintessential bar. Even in broad daylight, in midday, as sun streams through the windows that had once been long paneled over, folks pop in and out and everyone greets everyone else by name.
Regano clearly has a knack for this business and also has a passion for the history of the building, which has been a tavern from the day it opened in 1890. Of course, during prohibition the word "tavern" was replaced in the business names with the words "soft drinks."
But before anything else, it was a Pabst-owned "tied house," that is a tavern owned by a brewery as a means to sell its beer. Even today, a competing Schlitz tied house sits kitty corner across Brady Street from Regano's.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 30, 2023 : Roman Coin Restaurant
Wayne Homren, Editor
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