New tavern in Merton
Humdingers to open in April

By Kelly Smith - Special to Conley Media

March 12, 2019

 The sign for On the Rocks Pub and Grill will soon be replaced by a sign for Humdingers Bar and Grill, the new tavern at the corner of Main and Mill streets in downtown Merton.
Kelly Smith/Special to Conley Media

MERTON — A Waukesha sports complex manager and his father are planning to open a new tavern in the village’s historic downtown business district.

“It is something I have always wanted to do,” Brandon Jurczyk said.

Jurczyk said he is the manager of the Center Court Sports Complex at 815 North View Road which is owned by his father, Thomas, who will be his business partner in the Humdingers Bar and Grill.

Jurczyk hopes to open Humdingers Bar and Grill, located at the southwest corner of Mill and Main streets, in mid-April after the village issues a liquor license, which is expected later this month.

Jurczyk said a Friday night fish fry would be one of the features of the tavern, which will also sell pizza, sandwiches, and other food and snacks, along with beer and mixed drinks.

The Plan Commission approved a new conditional use permit for the building at W282- N7149 Main Street at its March 6 meeting.

The building has housed taverns for several decades although it has been dark since the closing of the On the Rocks Pub and Grill two years ago.

Village officials and neighbors expressed some mixed emotions during a public hearing.

They were pleased a new business was opening in the village, but they were concerned about some operational issues created by the managers of the previous establishments at the location.

Shari Franz, who lives two houses north of the building, welcomed the Jurczyks to the community but asked the Plan Commission to place some restrictions on the new business.

She asked that hours when live music can be played be restricted and that disc jockeys playing music be prohibited.

“The music was that was being played when it was On the Rocks was so loud that it shook the walls of my house,” she told the commission.

She also asked the village to enforce the conditional use permit restriction that alcohol could not be consumed outside of the building and that beer cans and whiskey bottles not be deposited on her property and in the village streets.

“You have a nice neighbor and we want to work with you to keep (it) that way,” Jurczyk told Franz.

Jurczyk assured Franz and commission members that he would address and correct some of the issues of the previous businesses at the location.

The commission agreed that existing restrictions in the conditional use permit should be enforced.

Village President Ron Reinowski requested two additional conditions be added.

He said the new owners must agree they will cooperate with the village in responding to complaints relating to noise or other nuisances in the operation of the business.

In addition, they will either properly maintain the septic system for the building, or they will replace it with a holding tank.