House of Guinness sold 
Carroll grads and partners buy longtime Waukesha pub

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 18, 2017

New owners of House of Guinness stand outside the Waukesha pub on Monday. From left to right: Liz Cliffe Kucharski, Keith Kucharski, Ian Cliffe and Ellie Martin Cliffe.
Submitted photo

WAUKESHA - Many memories have been made at Waukesha’s House of Guinness since it opened in 2000, especially if you’ve attended Carroll University during those years. And for new owners and Carroll graduates Ian Cliffe and Ellie Martin Cliffe that also holds true.

The couple announced the purchase of the downtown mainstay on Facebook Monday afternoon. The bought the business with Ian Cliffe’s sister, Liz Cliffe Kucharski, and her husband, Keith Kucharski.

“Our paths have crossed in the House of Guinness many times over the years, making it a unique part of our story as couples and as members of the Waukesha community. We’re looking forward to putting our own stamp on it in the future,” Martin Cliffe said by email Monday.

According to its website, the House of Guinness was opened at 354 W. Main St. in November 2000. It built its reputation on providing a selection of imports, micro-brews, hand-crafted beers, live Irish music and a diverse clientele.

“This is a true Irish pub that Waukesha forefathers would surely have frequented. Our Irish predecessors were a part of putting Waukesha on the map at the turn of the 20th Century.  House of Guinness continues to play a role in Waukesha’s return to splendor, 100 years later,” reads the website.

Martin Cliffe said in the near future the couples would like to put their own touch on the pub, but for now it will continue operating as it has.