Nomad World Pub, which is replacing the longstanding Cardinal Bar, will open Tuesday, featuring many holdovers from its predecessor.
A grand opening Thursday will feature Mama Digdown's Brass Band, drink specials, and free tacos from the yet-to-open BelAir Cantina, where Nomad owner Mike Eitel's wife, Kristyn Eitel, is a partner.
Madison's Nomad World Pub, 418 E. Wilson St., follows the success of Mike Eitel's Milwaukee Nomad, which he opened in 1995 at 1401 E. Brady St., in Milwaukee's now trendy lower east side.
"The first Nomad opened 22 years to the day, if we do it on the 16th, and I thought that was pretty cool," Eitel said in reference to the grand opening.
Remodeling took about a month, and mostly consisted of cleaning, repairing, reorganizing, and upgrading the technology and other equipment, Eitel said. "We didn't really change anything structurally."
He's added a video wall on the dance floor and five giant TVs on the pub side to televise international soccer matches, which on some weekend mornings will start at 6.
Eitel has stripped off the wallpaper and painted it the same shades of green and red as the Nomad in Milwaukee.
The old exterior Cardinal sign has been brought inside, flattened out, and is displayed above the bar in what Eitel is calling the Cardinal ballroom.
Nomad World Pub will be open seven days a week starting at 4 p.m. on weekdays for its "1-2-3” happy hour, where from 4 p.m. to 4:19 p.m. drinks are $1, from 4:20 p.m. to 4:39 p.m. drinks are $2; and from 4:40 to 4:49 p.m. drinks are $3.
The Madison Nomad held some soft openings this weekend and is hosting events all week to celebrate its opening.
On Tuesday it will be jazz night with the Darren Sterud Orchestra, followed by The New Breed Jazz Jam. Wednesday will feature DJ Nick Nice. Thursday, after Mama Digdown’s, will be DJ Phil Money. Friday's line-up features Tony Castaneda, followed by Cardinal Sin, formerly known as Fetish Night.
The bar will open for live soccer at 7 a.m. Saturday. There will be Latin dance lessons from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by DJ Chamo.
Sunday, March 19, it will open for live soccer at 6:30 a.m. In the evening it will be Sound Travels featuring Marcus Doucette and friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by World Music programming.
Monday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to close will be "Industry Night," with drink discounts for those who work in the service industry.
Located on the ground floor of the historic Cardinal Hotel apartments, the Cardinal Bar operated mostly as a bar since the building was built in 1908. Ricardo Gonzalez began leasing it in 1974. He turned the old dining room into a dance floor and made the Cardinal Madison's first disco.
Meanwhile, Kristyn Eitel's BelAir Cantina is scheduled to open this summer in the 4,700-square-foot space 111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., off the Capitol Square, which until February held the Italian restaurant Francesca's al Lago.
BelAir is "Mexican fusion" restaurant offering a creative tacos. It has four locations in the Milwaukee area.