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No beer garden for Crazylegs at nearby tavern


MADISON (WKOW) -- If Saturday's weather forecast of rain improves and some of the thousands of Crazylegs runners look for a nearby outdoor patio for food and drink, they will not find it at Stadium Bar.

For the first time in more than a decade, Stadium Bar on Monroe Street will not be allowed to open their beer garden on the afternoon of the Crazylegs run, which benefits the UW Athletic Department,  finishes at Camp Randall Stadium and features more than 10,000 runners and walkers.

In March, city planning commissioners ruled Stadium Bar out of compliance with conditional use permits by opening its vast beer garden for events other than home Badger football games.

Stadium Bar manager Jim Luedtke said the run is an event that has traditionally brought a family atmosphere to the beer garden, with picnic tables and room for up to 2,500.

Luedtke told 27 News many fans at last week's UW spring football game at Camp Randall showed up at Stadium Bar expecting to be able to sit out in the sun in the beer garden.  

"We had as many as fifteen hundred people throughout the day show up wondering why they could not use our outside patio as they had in the past,"   Luetdke said.

Luedtke said his bar can still accomodate 400 people inside and in a small, covered outside area, but said the beer garden has been a big draw for non-football events such as Crazylegs and drum corps international.

Plan commission member and alderperson Lauren Cnare told 27 News Stadium Bar has violated its permits in the past by having too many people in the beer garden, too much noise and inadequate fencing, and has drawn neighborhood complaints. 

While Cnare conceded permit violations have not occurred during times when the beer garden was open to accomodate day-time, non-football events, she said Stadium Bar operators were unwilling to compromise and open the outdoor patio without serving alcohol there.

"They should not receive special treatment."     Cnare noted other area taverns with outside patios are also barred from opening them except in connection with Badger home football games.    

Luedtke said Stadium Bar has a unique outdoor venue known for its summer volleyball leagues and other area establishments may have not petitioned to open patios for non-football events.



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