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Schmidty’s in La Crosse may remain open, with potential buyer waiting for liquor license



A change of ownership is in the works for Schmidty’s bar and restaurant in La Crosse.

The owners of Digger’s Sting, Who’s on Third, and the Eagles Nest have applied to City Hall for a liquor license to operate Schmidty’s on State Road.

The license application from Tim Hesse is on the agenda for special city council meetings next week.

The current owner of Schmidty’s, Bob Schmidt, recently announced that he was planning to retire and close on New Year’s Day, after 68 years in business, unless they found a buyer to keep it open.

Hesse told WIZM News in Thursday he would plan to make few changes to the place but keep the Schmidty’s name.

He said Schmidty’s has been a favorite restaurant of his family, especially his grandparents.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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