Waukesha – A new sports bar dubbed Funky Monkey has plans for stadium service and street eating in downtown Waukesha.
Mike Gonzalez, who previously co-owned Casa del Rio in Waukesha and Chili Peppers in Hal’s Corners, plans to start the new venture with his brother Robert Gonzalez. The business is proposed to be located in what was formerly The Craft Lounge and Bernie’s Tap Room & Restaurant at 351 W. Main St.
Mike Gonzalez said they were looking to create something different from what Waukesha already had.
“We will do stadium food and street food,” he said. “If you want a burger, go to the Main Street Pub right up the street. If you want a good pizza, you can go to Magellan’s right across the street etc. So we are trying to find another (niche).”
The kitchen will have an open window in the shape of a dining car. The menu is planned to include basic and specialty sausages and sausages, pulled pork, nachos, quesadillas, carnitas, tacos, loaded baked potatoes, soft ice cream and more. Gonzalez said he’s working on a partnership with Robert’s Specialty Meats for a rib on a stick. Gonzalez hopes to get menu items somewhere between $4 and $8.
The food will be air fried and pressure cooked. There will be no deep grills and no flat grills. Food will be served in disposable plates and bowls.
“We’re trying to keep it as healthy as possible and with the other new equipment out there we can deliver that now,” he said.
Gonzalez said they plan to open the kitchen until midnight.
The rod will have an industrial look, with aluminum behind the rod and steel liquor holders.
There will be several TVs and a projector covering both men’s and women’s sports. There will be margaritas on tap and a variety of local craft beers.
“We want to make it friendly to everyone,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully the guys will come with their parents on Friday and Saturday, maybe watch a ball game, or eat a hot dog like they’re on the field or a plate of nachos.”
Gonzalez, who has lived in Waukesha his whole life, said the restaurant would be a place where friends and family would gather.
“I am 61 years old and my parents are in their 80s and not everyone is around anymore, so it is a meeting place for us to finish the fourth quarter, if you will,” he said.
The owners aim to open the company by September 1. Updates can be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/FunkyMonkeyWaukesha.