Sunday, April 29, 2018

Walk Her Inn Drag Her Out

This Wisconsin story has gone national.

Walk Her Inn Drag Her Out is going to be bombarded by people claiming to be champions of women demanding that the owners change the name of the bar.

About Walk Her Inn:

The Walk Her Inn, aka Walk Her Inn Drag Her Out, is tucked into the corner of 74th and Walker st, just two blocks east of the Milwaukee Mile at State fair Park. This crazy little place has been open since the 1940s in an area formerly known as frog town.

It was called this because way back in the day, the building was occupied by a blacksmith who would re-shoe horses, and they would have to then walk on very large wooden planks. There were hundreds of frogs beneath that would come out at night and crowd these planks. I know this all sounds a bit weird, but you must understand that this was at a time when much of the nearby land was marsh—hence the frogs.

Kristian and Diane Plumeri took over the bar in 2009 from Dennis Gerth, who once sponsored eight race cars at Hales Corners Speedway. “Those drivers were some real tough guys,” said Dennis, who still frequents the bar.

Kristian and Diane are now the fifth owners of the Walk Her Inn Drag Her Out and have done their part to modernize this charming old Allis Chalmers neighborhood tavern. They have added six large flat screen TVs that pretty much encompass the whole back bar wall in this cozy 40×25 foot room. There is also an Internet jukebox, a dartboard, a pool table, and WiFi.

The Bar is open at 4p.m. weekdays and 11.00a.m. on weekends.
From FOX News:
A Milwaukee-area bar called “Walk Her Inn, Drag Her Out” is stirring controversy in the #MeToo era because critics say the name promotes sexual assault.

Milwaukee resident Paress Huebner took a photo of the bar's sign and posted it on social media, Fox 6 reported.

...The bar reportedly has been a neighborhood staple for more than 30 years in West Allis, Wis., a suburb about 7 miles west of Milwaukee. But Huebner said she believes both the name and logo need to be changed.

“It’s, at the very least, unnecessary, at the most, offensive. For whatever reason, I was like, ‘Let’s put it on Facebook,’ and something needs to be done and said because they just crossed the line,” Huebner said.

...Diane and Kristian Plumeri, husband and wife, have owned the bar for nine years, Fox 6 reported.

“If it is offensive, I apologize, but it’s been that way for over 30 years,” Diane Plumeri said.

They said previous owners added the words “drag her out” to the name in 1985, and that they saw no reason to change it.

Kristian told Fox 6 he approached his wife a few years ago about changing the name, but she was the one “adamant” about keeping it. They said they’re going to have a conversation, but have not committed to any changes.

"I just don't feel someone's right to be offended is more important than my right to own a business," Diane told WJDT-TV. "Come on in and check it out. If you find we promote raping and drug use and beating on women, that's not the promotion here nor has it ever been," she said.

Here's a suggestion for Huebner and her pals: Boycott the bar.

I doubt if any loyal patrons would mind.

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