Famed Milwaukee tavern rehangs bras on ceiling

Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:20am EDT
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By Brendan O'Brien

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Standing on a foot ladder, Jeff Scanell bent down, pinched his girlfriend's red lace brassiere between his thumb and index finger and gently lifted it out of the front of her shirt as a cowbell wildly rang and a raucous crowd roared.

The 37-year-old Milwaukee tool and die worker then reached above and added the undergarment to the dangling array of colorful bras of various shapes and sizes that hung from the scarlet tin ceiling.

"I was a virgin, never hung a bra before, but it was super cool," said Mary Lynn Nowak, his bra-less girlfriend, as she enjoyed a drink.

The couple participated on Friday night in "The Great Bra Rehanging" event at the Holler House, a 105-year-old Milwaukee watering hole where bras have hung from the ceiling for more than four decades.

The event was the culmination of a month-long battle with the city of Milwaukee that began in April when an inspector ordered bar owner Marcy Skowronski to remove the 100 or so bras from the ceiling because they were deemed a fire hazard.

"I've never seen a bra start a fire," the feisty 87-year-old bar owner said.

Skowronski complied, ordering her son-in-law to pull the bras down and stuff them in a bag.

"I got so mad. I called my alderman and then we called all of the news channels and we got the ball rolling," said Skowronski, who successfully persuaded the city to rescind its order in May.   Continued...

A bra with a message hangs on the wall of the Holler House bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Sara Stathas