By Chad J Corfits, Accurate Custom Creations, LLC
The Lake Edge Neighborhood on the east side of Madison has made some very positive changes recently including the expansion of the bike path, tear down of the old Royster Co. factory, new condos, small businesses coming back, just to name a few.
Mitat (Mike) Ibrahim has been a long time business owner in our community who has owned and managed the Horseshoe Bar on the corner of Dempsey and Cottage Grove Roads for almost 25 years. Some recent structural damage to the main entrance facing Cottage Grove Road has sparked interest to not only replace as was, but upgrade to add value to the business appearance, customer appeal, and neighborhood as a whole.
We are proposing to build a beer garden to the front entrance rather than replacing it to original and outdated look. The outdoor seating area will include a composite deck, pergola, and small tables for patrons to gather, enjoy conversation, and food with a drink. There will be no bar, television, or loud music included to the proposed outdoor area. As well as adding to the visual appeal, it will encourage patrons to the front (commercial area) rather than the rear entrance (residential area).
The Horseshoe Bar now sits on the corner of the bike path. We are hoping that this will attract a positive group of customers to enjoy a relaxing outdoor setting.
We were able to gain over 203 signatures in less than a week from people who frequent Mike’s and are excited about proposed upgrades. Mike is a responsible business owner and is not on any lists for neighborhood disturbances, arrests, or criminal activity. He employs security guards to ensure that it remains a positive and enjoyable place to be.
I can provide our signed petition from neighborhood residents and customers who would like to see this upgrade become a reality if requested. Here are some of the street names of current signees:
For more information, contact Chad directly:
910B Cottage Ct.
Madison, WI 53716
Proposed Structure and Plans
Articles are written and submitted by members of the Lake Edge Neighborhood Association, residents, business owners, community members, and elected officials in the Lake Edge neighborhood or vicinity.