It has all the usual suspects — tall tables, a projection TV, beer — but it’s not a typical sport’s bar. At least it wasn’t originally.
This week on Urban Spelunking, OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo and I are visiting the Hoyt Park Pavilion, a public building on the park’s grounds, once known as the “basket room” for the adjoining municipal pool.
Built in the 1930s, the pavilion was used to store patron’s street clothes — in individual baskets — while they enjoyed a dip in the pool. It was never terribly glamorous, just storage, for decades.
But recently, the park’s facilities got an upgrade. The pool was repaired and reopened, a beer garden went in, and the pavilion itself was restored to its original beauty. Even the shuffle board is back.