The other shoe drops for the Windmill Lounge, the lovable dive bar on Maple Avenue, as proprietor Louise Owens has sold to new owners: Lisa and Tom Georgalis, who own the Ivy Tavern, the bar on Lemmon Avenue.
Owens first opened The Windmill with her then-husband Charlie Papaceno 11 years ago, although it feels like a lot longer than that, doesn't it? But in 2015, Papaceno left the Windmill to open his own bar, Industry Alley, located in the Cedars District.
The sale is effective immediately. Owens will consult with new staff members on how to properly craft the Windmill cocktail recipes, but that's all of her involvement, a spokesperson says.
According to a release, the bar will not undergo a dramatic reconcepting, and will stay open while the new owners keep what's valuable. Current hours will remain, and that means 4 pm-2 am Sunday-Wednesday and the extra-late 4 pm-4 am Thursdays-Saturdays. The focus on cocktails, music, and casual attitude will remain.
New things include a new menu spotlighting pizza, with dough made fresh daily; wings, with flavors unique to the Windmill; and salads.
Cocktails will be joined by a revamped beer and wine program, ensuring that customers have plenty to choose from.
Minor cosmetic changes will be applied to the exterior and interior of the building. But one feature due to get an overhaul is the patio, with a goal to make the outdoor space more customer friendly and accessible.
They'll also install internet access.
Happy hour will run from 4-9 pm, with specials featuring different discounted options every day.
The Georgalises say they've been fans of the Windmill for years. "We want to retain that old-school, classic cocktail lounge feel," the couple says.