Boomerangs Bar and Grill takes flight in downtown Waukesha
Sports bar now open in Five Points

By Brandon Anderegg

Sept. 5, 2019

 Boomerangs Bar and Grill is located in the former Meli’s restaurant at
Five Points in downtown Waukesha.
Brandon Anderegg/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — The once vacant Meli’s restaurant at Five Points has rebounded after Waukesha’s newest downtown business to hit the restaurant scene, Boomerangs Bar and Grill, transformed the empty space into a full-fledged sports bar.

Owners Brady Rice and John Hintz opened the restaurant on Friday and in Rice’s words, he can’t think of a better place to be then the Five Points.

“I think it’s a great location, plenty of foot traffic and traffic in general,” Rice said. “People are loving the food and having a great time.”

Boomerangs features 13 flat-screen TVs and a 110inch projector screen TV, allowing for patrons to watch sports no matter where they’re standing. Another distinguishing feature is the lengthy and lacquered bar top, which extends from the front and almost all the way to the back of the bar.

When it comes to what makes the restaurant unique, Rice says it’s the quality of food, location and their sports bar identity.

“I think it’s just that we are the only sports bar in the downtown area,” Rice said. “Usually when you go to a bar you expect bar food, but this is good quality restaurant food.”

Boomerang’s menu includes bar eats such as pizza, wings, salads and appetizers. However, the restaurant plans on adding more to the list, Rice said.

“Eventually, we’ll be adding burgers, entrees and specialty sandwiches,” Rice said.

In addition to game at specials on drinks, the bar-restaurant plans to have special events such as trivia Tuesdays and a half-off on drinks for “ladies’ night” Thursdays, Rice said. Once the kitchen closes at 10 p.m., a DJ will play music Thursday through Saturday, he added.

As for the name Boomerangs, Rice said it was his nickname at his previous job, which was a restaurant where he served and bartended. Rice said in the several years he’s worked there, he’s been laid off, brought back, laid off again, came back and after a while decided to quit, he said.

“When I came back, they decided to call me the boomerang bartender,” Rice said.

Boomerangs is opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at bar close. For more information, visit