Wharf209, 209 Dodge St., has been under new ownership since October, but the riverfront bar/restaurant is now Boosters Buoy.
Owner Keith Randolph, who lives in Caledonia, bought the place from Paul and Jan Curtin. The name change fits with Randolph’s other bars. He owns Boosters West in West Allis and Boosters Sports Bar in South Milwaukee.
“We’ll be booking higher end bands that play classic rock, country and blues,” he said. “We’re going after the older crowd and the boaters because we’ve got the boat slips right here.”
Randolph also plans to put more seating off of the walkway, which will add another 60 spots for people to enjoy the outdoor music acts they feature.
The restaurant will offer gourmet bar food and fish fry, including cod, walleye, catfish, perch and blue gill. Seafood will also be featured, including calamari, mussels and oysters. Until weather warms up, the kitchen and will only be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Once the boating season picks up and warmer weather prevails, Randolph plans to fire up the outdoor grill. Patrons will be able to purchase a ticket and get a burger or brat right off the grill.
“That way people will be able to get their food quicker,” he said.
They’ll also have expanded hours once the weather warms up.