History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Bars and Clubs

Location: 814 S. 2nd Street


unknown/ open mid-80's

Male/ female
Bar/ Restaurant/ social


Shadows building in 2004

Shadows was opened as a 45-seat restaurant/bar serving old fashioned American food. It quickly became a favorite restaurant for the gay community, earning a reputation among locals as well as visitors to the city. The restaurant was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week; the bar was opened until legal closing time (2:00am at the time).

The restaurant and owner Frank Thalacker were praised in an article in Milwaukee Calendar (a 'bar rag' in the mid 1980's).


Advertisement, March 1984

Advertisement, May 1985

Article in Milw. Calendar

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: May 5, 2004.