The Wharf Breaks Ground on Year-Round Facility


MANITOWOC, WI – November 5, 2020 – Today, the Wharf Manitowoc, a casual and fun, nautical-themed outdoor bar and entertainment venue located on the riverside in downtown Manitowoc, broke ground on its latest development. The Wharf is expanding from seasonal to year-round with the construction of a new 3,120 square foot building that will upgrade its experimental shipping container structure to a permanent, year-round facility that will include a state-of-the art retractable roof system. 


The retractable roof system will allow The Wharf to maintain the same outdoor fun and casual atmosphere while providing coverage over the increased outdoor space – a 4,000 square foot open-air patio – preventing the need to cancel events and entertainment during inclement weather, and accommodating special event planning such as weddings. Much like it currently does, the outdoor area will include stage and riverside boardwalk/docking area. 


The new complex is being constructed by Keller Construction in the same location as the existing Wharf venue with the same nautical ambience plus more options and features. The facility is designed with large pass-thru overhead doors to serve as a fair-weather indoor/outdoor gathering and event space featuring bar area, permanent plumbed restrooms, and food-truck style kitchen featuring ever-changing unique specials. A green space will feature fun yard games. 


The Wharf Manitowoc is owned by Brennan Seehafer / True Endeavors LLC. 


“We are excited about this upgrade that will maintain the casual and fun nautical Wharf ambience that patrons have come to love and appreciate while increasing opportunities by being open year-round,” remarked Seehafer. “The Wharf will continue to feature over 50 free live music events a year in addition to ticketed events.”


“We are proud to be a financial partner with The Wharf and Brennan Seehafer,” said Mark Maurer, Vice President – Senior Business Banking Officer, Investors Community Bank. “As a popular Downtown Manitowoc venue, The Wharf has enhanced the quality of life in the Manitowoc area. We are proud to play a role in that and in the overall economic growth of Manitowoc.”


Construction is expected to be complete by May 2021, well in advance of the summer 2021 season. 

The Wharf Manitowoc proudly serves Manitowoc Ice!