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
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 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
She asked that hours when live music can be played be
restricted and that disc jockeys playing music be
“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
In addition, they will either properly maintain the
septic system for the building, or they will replace it
with a holding tank.