Fracaro’s Lanes to be razed
Fire destroyed landmark bowling alley in January

Andrea Fencl and Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 7, 2017

 The Waukesha Police Department’s Tactical Team trains at Fracaro’s Lanes on Thursday.
Andrea Fencl/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — For months, the burned-out Fracaro’s has stood as a reminder of the fun it once offered, but soon it will be demolished.

Mayor Shawn Reilly said the owners hired a contractor to raze the building, and are working on obtaining permits to do so.

Fracaro’s, family owned and operated since 1933, experienced approximately $250,000 in damage after a fire started on the first floor of the building on Jan. 1.

A GoFund Me page was set up a few days later to raise money to rebuild the bowling alley. A campaign on GoFund Me shows it raised $532 toward the $5,000 goal on Thursday. It was not immediately clear what will happen to the funds.

Owner Mike Hansen and his brother, co-owner Jason Hansen, were not reachable for comment Thursday. Originally, they expressed an intent to rebuild the bowling alley.

“Our place of fun, laughter, bowling, eating, drinking, sweet action and ‘strike swarm’ has taken a tough blow this past holiday weekend,” Hansen said in a Facebook post in early January. “We had a devastating fire that really tore through our honored place.

“After initial inspection, Jason and I have come to the conclusion that rebuilding is our best option. It’s going to be an enormous project but nothing we can’t handle.”

The Facebook page for Fracaro’s is no longer active.

The bowling alley had been a favorite of many area residents, some of whom celebrated their weddings or other major events there.