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Major Goolsby's battles back after a season of no events

Sports bar hurt by Fiserv Forum cancellations
Posted at 6:34 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 07:34:02-04

MILWAUKEE — Major Goolsby's was once named one of the top five sports bars in the nation by Sports Illustrated. The sports bar that's been around since 1972 decided to keep its doors closed for five months, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"So, we decided to do it for multiple reasons," says General Manager Marty Petricca. "Obviously, safety being the most important. We wanted to make sure that not only were our employees safe, but the customers had to stay safe. Once we were able to open up dine-in we still decided to stay closed because of that fact."

The bar that was once owned by the great Al McGuire, is now open for business with their 60 televisions for you to watch any game or sport. But what really hurt their business during the pandemic, was that the Bucks had no home games. Fiserv Forum is right around the corner.

"For us, having fans in attendance to come in here and grab something is what we're all about," Petricca explains. "It's trying to get them a fresh American meal before they head over to the game."

Sports fans from all over come for the atmosphere and the food.

"Our burger is flame-broiled and it kind of seals in those juices," Petricca says. "Fried chicken is different than fried wings. The breading that we use is absolutely delicious. What we do to really make it our own is we make our own buffalo sauce with multiple ingredients. I can't give you a secret."

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