Skybox Sports Bar Opening
Bar on MLK Dr. and next to Gee’s Clippers is already drawing NBA and NFL players.
MLK Drive is gaining a new sports bar where locals will be able to enjoy a basketball half-court, arcade games and every televised (including pay-per-view) sporting event available. You may also get to see some sports celebrities hanging out.
Gaulien “Gee” Smith from Gee’s Clippers Barber and Beauty Salon is opening SkyBox Sports Bar at 2313 N. MLK Dr., next door to his barber shop. His partners in the venture are Corey Smith, Myron Smith and Mark Wade. “My partners are my brother, my cousin and a friend who I’ve known for about 15-20 years,” he says.
Gee opened his first sports-themed barbershop, at 4323 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., nineteen years ago when he was only 24 years old. In 2006 he opened his second location at 2215 N. MLK Dr., but was forced to close in 2010 after parking issues arose. Now he’s come back to that area for the Skybox. “The city built a parking lot next door to me and so I came back down to the area,” he says.
Gee has built an impressive clientele of professional athletes throughout his barbershop career, “I’ve been cutting-up Milwaukee Bucks players here for the past 17 years,” he notes. The interior design of his barbershops reflects his enthusiasm for sports and the relationships he has built. “It’s a sports theme – all the workstations are lockers,” he notes. “I’ve got sports paraphernalia all around the shop – we’ve got quite a few original pieces on the wall with signatures from the players. It’s been a fun ride.”
SkyBox Sports Bar was born partly out of a passion for sports and partly out of opportunity, “For a sports bar there’s always a need – I’m a huge sports fan and the building was available next door – the bar adds to the theme here over at the barber shop.”
The centerpiece of the basketball half-court in the SkyBox will be the backboard. “Every celebrity that comes through we have autograph our backboard and then take pictures for our wall of fame – if you will,” he says. “As of right now we have seven signatures on that backboard before we even open – just to give you an idea of the NBA athletes that come through the doors of Gee’s clippers. We also have signatures from George Koonce who played for the Packers and Tim Terry who played for the Seattle Seahawks and is now employed by the Green Bay Packers. So not only do NBA athletes come through Gee’s Clippers – we have various Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers and (players from) visiting teams.” Many, he expects, may also stop at the sports bar.
The Skybox will offer a small pub-style menu including salads and at least five varieties of specialty wings. The bar will be open seven days a week and lunch will be available every day. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.