South-side Janesville tavern gets new owners

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Gazette staff
Saturday, January 15, 2011
— After 28 years as the owners of Jumbo’s Pub, 1110 Kellogg Ave., Jim Bohlman and Mike “Jumbo” Johnson have decided it’s time to get out of the tavern business.

So three Janesville natives—Greg Hughes, Brian Hughes and Rick Cole—bought the south side establishment from Bohlman and Johnson this week.

Greg Hughes and Cole also own Game Day Sports Bar and Grill on Jackson Street.

“We’re both retiring,” Bohlman said Friday. “Mike has a home in Arizona and he wants to spend more time there in the winter season.”

Bohlman will stay in Janesville. He plans to spend his time attending UW-Madison sports events and watching his grandchildren participate in sports.

The Hughes cousins and Cole plan to make steady changes in the bar, including an increased menu. Wi-Fi already is available, and the trio has installed more televisions and added DirecTV for tonight’s Green Bay Packers playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The new owners also plan to open up a banquet hall separate from the bar area for private parties, and live music is being planned on a regular basis.

Aside from his role as co-owner of the bar, Brian Hughes also is lead singer of the local band, “The Manberries.” The group plans to perform at the bar after tonight’s game.

The name of the bar also will change, and the owners plan to conduct a contest to help choose a new moniker.

“We’re going to make it a good place to be,” Greg Hughes said. “If people come in a couple of times each month, they’re going to see subtle changes each time they come in.

“This is certainly a leap and a risk. But I have confidence that Paul Ryan, Tim Cullen and others will bring industries and jobs back into Janesville. This is our way of investing in Janesville.”

And Bohlman won’t be a stranger.

“In 27 years, we’ve had so many great patrons,” he said. “More importantly, we surrounded ourselves with great help.

“The new owners grew up in the community and have the energy to take it to a new level. It’s a good deal for both of us.”

Last updated: 4:04 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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