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Sobelman's is coming to Waukesha.

That was the sentence, emblazoned in all caps, atop a post on the Milwaukee restaurant group's Facebook page early Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, announcing a new location for the chain well-known for its burgers and Bloody Mary cocktails.

The new franchisees are Jimmy and Alison Dakolias, who own Bosco's Social Club downtown and the Spurs Saloon. They signed the necessary paperwork Tuesday, Sept. 20, according to the post.

The Waukesha Sobelman's will take over the space currently occupied by Spurs at 332 Williams St., a former train depot livery, directly across from La Estacion, the landmark Mexican eatery housed in a historic railroad depot.

The Spurs property has seen a lot of turnover recently. At least three bars, including Spurs, have operated there in the past five years or so.

The post said the new Sobelman's location is expected to open later this year. According to a post on Spurs' Facebook page, the bar will remain open during the transition.

In June, the city's plan commission approved a major facade redesign for Spurs. It is unclear if that redesign was proposed to align with the new use for the building.

Sobelman's franchise

Last October, the Sobelman's restaurant group, which is owned by Dave and Melanie Sobelman, said it was looking to expand beyond the Milwaukee area through franchising its brand name and concept.

The original Sobelman's opened in 2000 at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave., in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. The couple has since opened two additional Sobelman's, at 1601 W. Wells St. in Milwaukee, in 2011, and in February 2015 at 10352 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.

According to a franchise registration statement filed with the state Department of Financial Institutions, each new Sobelman's Pub and Grill restaurant will require a total investment ranging from $447,000 to $1,908,000.

The franchise documents said franchisees who own the new restaurants would likely be opening within historic buildings in college towns and "urban-industrial communities."

Spurs would seem to fit that description.

The bar is well within walking distance of Carroll University, and the building that houses it -  - is steeped in history.

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