The Lucky Rabbit Opening Soon in Downtown Waukesha

New bar will bring in music acts from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

A new bar in downtown Waukesha is looking to be a central music hangout place with live bands and D.J.s from southeastern Wisconsin keeping the party going on the weekends.

The Lucky Rabbit is opening Super Bowl weekend in downtown Waukesha. Bar owner Phil Santiago – who also owns Fuzzy’s Bar – is more than ready to get the doors open. The building at 200 Madison St., previously the Yankee Saloon, has been under major renovations inside, and a bar hasn’t been operating in the location for more than six months.

“We have looked at downtown Waukesha as the home of Les Paul, GuitarTown,” Santiago said. “Where is the music venue? There are all these really nice establishments … where do you come after 9, 10 o’clock?”

While they will have local musicians playing at The Lucky Rabbit, the bar is also looking at getting bigger acts from throughout the Milwaukee area.

“If you can get some talent from outside the area, it brings in people from outside the area coming into downtown Waukesha,” Santiago said.

The Lucky Rabbit will feature pizza and breakfast pizzas. The kitchen will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays.

Specialty pizzas include buffalo chicken, Philly cheese steak, Mediterranean, bayou Cajun, Santiago taco and vegan pizzas. The breakfast pizzas will be served on flat bread from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

michelle January 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Just what we don't need in downtown Waukesha is another tavern.
Mr Lundt January 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM
You would prefer an empty building? I guess you have decided not to open your shop in that spot WHY??? I wish any new business well---even if we never become there customer, we can all benefit from success. Even those that feel morally superior.
MIchael January 28, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Kudo's to Phil Santiago This is exactly what the birth place of Les Paul needs a quality venue to bring the best of S.E wisconsin's music act's to Guitar town We should all thank Mr Santiago for investing and believing in Waukesha and seeing the need for a gathering place for all of us who love live music , I can't wait to see the opening act, I would suggest the Greg Koch band. Thank you Phil,...... MIke B.
Jerry Bean January 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Looks nice. Too bad it's in Waukesha and will be overrun with junkies within a month. And with all the armed robberies even if you don't deal with some drug addict and somehow avoid stepping on a soiled needle, you still have a high risk of getting a gun pulled on you on the street demanding your shoes so they can sell them for pills.
Chris B January 28, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Nice article!! Nice picture! I am looking forward to checking out this new business!
waukeshadad January 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM
@jerry, what Waukesha have you been to? I've never had an issue in the 4+ years I've been living here, and certainly no issues with guns and robberies. Actually, my wife and I rather enjoy Waukesha.
Mr Lundt January 29, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Jerry You are confusing downtown Waukesha with downtown Chicago. Or being a drama queen...
Tj January 29, 2013 at 01:59 AM
I've been living as a streetwalker in rough and tumble downtown Waukesha for years, and have never had a problem. Most of the smelly, drunken barflies you dismiss offhandedly are actually nice people who genuinely care about our community. I look forward to making The Lucky Rabbit my home base, where I can while away the hours between shots of tequila and cold breakfast pizza! Hugs and kisses to all my peeps!
Jerry Bean January 29, 2013 at 02:35 AM
I'm shocked. Between the drug addicts roaming around in a strange haze looking for their next fix or a few wayward cigarette butts and the what look to be Ferrel dogs running loose all over there snapping at people, it's really a creepy place. And during Friday night live where people willingly let others around them cook and shoot up Percocet in the middle of the streets? It shows an awful culture. I've lived in this city way too long. And once the Freeman went belly up a few years back and the building is pretty much abandoned the parking lot has become a haven of public masturbators and vagrants begging for a couple bucks for a bottle of Night Train. I can't even cut through there anymore on my walks because it has all become too much down there.
William Graham January 29, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Many people have made Waukesha a great place - and will continuewith those positive efforts. I will continue to enjoy the vibrant downtown!
Linda January 29, 2013 at 01:21 PM
So jerry, what initiatives or actions have YOU taken to help "those undesireables"? It is easy to sit back and judge but seems like many others (like Phil Santiago) are rescuing historic buildings and helping this city to grow. Have you helped at the Salvation Arm or Hebron House or any shelters? Everyone has a right to be given a chance. I guess if you have such negative feelings about this city you're planning to sell and move???
Kathy January 29, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I have been watching the progress of the making of "The Lucky Rabbit", and what I have seen is more than words can ever express! Its truely amazing how Phil has turned that building around and make it into an unbelievable sight! If anyone can add the finishing touch to our Downtown Waukesha, it will be Phil Santiago. He is so passionate about his hometown, and his success with his new business will finally put our Downtown Waukesha on the map! WE as a community should realize how lucky we are to have someone like him to put SO much into something that is going to help our city tremendously! I am sure lucky to have a business down the street from his new establishment, and will be sending many people his way that will be sure to experience a time to remember. If anyone can succeed, it will be Phil! Thank-you for believing and investing in our city.....God knows we are sure "Lucky" to have you on our side!
Phil Esche January 29, 2013 at 05:13 PM
I am very please Phil Santiago decided to take the bold step and open up a fine looking bar/restaurant/music venue in downtown. It's a fresh look and appeal to a grand old building that had lost its appeal because of the clientele and rooming house above. Just driving past now is inspiring. I know it is not and is never going to be Fuzzy's but anything close is a great improvement. How about serving breakfast and bloody mary's on Saturday during the Farmer's Market!!!
marie January 29, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Good luck on you new venture Phil...I have been a customer at Fuzzys off and on for years and the food is great and reasonably priced. It will be awesome to be able to go hear bands somewhere now that the blue cave has changed ownership. All downtown areas have riff /raff and the unfortunate homeless....perhaps by promoting business and restoration of these historic buildings they would decrease ....see you there!
Kim E January 30, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I love Waukesha, and love all the progress the downtown area has made. I am happy that is turning that building into a eatery and bar! However , the bar Donnie Boys will serve a drunk person and don't care what happens to anyone after they leave there! Poor management/owner.
Aaron Perry January 30, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Looks like a cool place to spend some time. I look forward to visiting! More investment in the city is a good thing. Let's remember that and support it.
josie peterson January 30, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Phil Santiago and his wife Tracy are the most passionate and hard working couple I have ever known. They believe in their dreams and take the chances and have become succesful because of that, They realize that if their dreams fail at least they know they have tried and have no regrets. In the end isn't that what life is all about!
Elisa January 31, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Well said, Josie! Phillip and Tracy have always put their hearts and souls into their business, and we can safely assume they will do the same with The Lucky Rabbit. I look forward to seeing the new place.
Marie February 01, 2013 at 11:09 PM
@Jerry, you sure do know a lot for someone who probably doesn't get out much. Obviously you are watching too many movies.
Kush Genie February 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Nice place but it was WAYYY too loud. I'm not opposed to loud places, but it was so deafening, you literally had to shout at your friends and even then it was a crapshoot if you could hear yourself.
josie peterson March 08, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Thanks Elisa :)


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