Bar and Grill is located in the former Meli’s restaurant
Five Points in downtown Waukesha.
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
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
“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
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,
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,”
Boomerangs is opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at bar close. For
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