Falcon Bowl Is For Sale
Classic Riverwest bar is one of last in the city affiliated with a fraternal organization.
The 12,197-square-foot building includes the first-floor commercial space and a three-bedroom apartment above.
City records indicate that the building was built in 1882. Downstairs, there are bowling lanes that were first certified in 1913, making them some of the oldest in continual operation in America.
Past tenants include Hanke’s Hall, Wanta’s Hall and Papka’s Hall. In 1934, Paul Listwan obtained a permit to open the space as a “Tavern & Dance Hall.” He listed its use during Prohibition as “Same” on the permit, indicating it was one of many local bars that flouted the federal law. In the 1970s, the tavern was operated as the Hard Time’s Tap.
The hall has also been a place for live music, including early performances by the Milwaukee-based Violent Femmes and shows from blues greats like Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf.
When founded in 1887, the Polish Falcons of America Nest 725 was one of several fraternal societies that offered insurance policies to members before the advent of Social Security or worker’s compensation. It also offered a clubhouse and other amenities to its members. Nest 725 was the third home of this fraternal organization and is now the only remaining Nest in the State.
The Falcon Bowl advertised bowling leagues on its Facebook page as recently as August 2019, saying “No experience needed, but you do need a desire to enjoy a great time.” But the social media has gone dark since.
The bar business is owned by R. Lynn Okopinski.
A representative of Nest 725 did not respond to a request for more information by the time of publication.
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