West side restaurant, sports bar to close

There’s bad and good news for fans of 31-year-old Babe’s Grill & Bar at 5614 Schroeder Road in Madison. First the bad: Owner Lynn Haker says the restaurant’s last day will be Nov. 16. The building will be demolished for an affordable housing project from Stone House Development.

The good news, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal, is that Haker is planning to open a new restaurant on the same site when the redevelopment is complete. The new space, at about 4,000 square feet, would be less than half the size of the current restaurant.

Stone House will be building a four-story, 96-unit apartment building on the site, with completion scheduled in 2020.