By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 10, 2024 at 7:53 AM

Announced last December, the new Third Space Brewing Innovation Brewhouse began its soft opening period this weekend in a new mixed-use development at N71 W13040 W. Appleton Ave., in Menomonee Falls, the site of the old Trysting Place Pub.

The soft opening was announced with a last-minute post on social media Friday.

In another post, co-founder Andy Gehl wrote, "We’ve been working hard the past many months on a little project in Menomonee Falls and we are finally open. Come check it out and let us know what you think!

"We are in a bit of a soft opening period for the next few weeks with a limited food menu and service model but the beer and drinks are flowing and the soft opening food menu is on point." 

The hours during the "soft opening" period are Wednesday-Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m.

During this time there will be a limited menu available during limited hours (Wednesday-Saturday 4-9 p.m. and Sunday 3-7 p.m.), with the full menu rolling out in the next few months.

The roughly 5,000-square-foot venue, designed by Three Sixty, occupies a new structure designed by JLA Architects.

It includes a 112-seat indoor taproom with 16 tap lines and a pair of Czech Lukr side pull beer taps perfect for pilsner pours, plus a large covered outdoor patio and other outdoor areas with firepits. There is also a kitchen.

A newly built 10-barrel brewhouse, focused on innovation beers, will follow.

For much more on the brewhouse timing, the types of beer you can expect to be brewed there and more, read this interview with Third Space owners Gehl and Kevin Wright.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.