Loaded Slate Bar in downtown Milwaukee is closing after 11 years, King Drive

The Loaded Slate sports bar closed Sunday night after 11 years at 1137 N. King Drive.

The bar, known for its banquet tables and sports memorabilia, was a popular sports bar near the Fiserv Forum.

It was also known as a meeting point for the service industry and was popular for its early morning New Year’s Eve party for service industry workers.

“We’re closing our doors,” said owner Doug Daul. “That’s about all I can say at the moment. It’s kind of emotional.”

The bar also posted about the closure on Facebook.

The bar celebrated its grand opening in August 2011. It’s a veteran on the north side of the King Drive bar district, an area that has seen major updates since the completion of the Deer District next door.

The Loaded Slate was the scene of fatal gunfire in early April when a man entered the bar and killed Shannon Freeman, a 30-year-old father and City Lights Brewing chef. The death rocked members of Milwaukee’s service industry.

The suspect is charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

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Jordyn Noennig covers Wisconsin culture and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram @JordynTaylor_n. Find her on Twitter @JordynTNoennig. Call her at 262-446-6601 or email [email protected]

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