Sports bar opens at expense of Tiki Shack

The Hail Mary Sports Grill finally opened for lunch at the site of the former Bellini’s Italian Restaurant at 401 E. Washington Ave.

If the Madison City Council gives final approval on June 6, it will have a liquor license and begin full operations, too.

In order to open the sports grill, business owners Caleb Percevecz and Danny Mijal, who are renting the former historic church building, had to agree to surrender the liquor license of their other bar, the Tiki Shack on State Street by the end of the year, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Madison’s Alcohol License Review Committee had criticized the men for operating the Tiki Shack more as a bar than a restaurant after an audit showed that alcohol sales barely met the under-50% threshold required to be designated a restaurant.