Tipsy Cow is expanding to Sun Prairie, the Wisconsin State Journal reported this morning.
The second location of the tavern is expected to open by next summer. It will be part of the multi-tenant, multi-building Shoppes at Prairie Lakes development that includes anchors like Costco, Target and Marcus Theatres’ Palace Cinema.
The original Tipsy Cow, at 102 King Street near the Capitol, resides in a space that had been a parade of mediocrity previously. Luigi’s Diner, Flatiron Tavern and the Local Tavern all came and went. Eventually, Tipsy co-owners Michael Banas, Patrick O’Halloran and Sue Kirtan briefly operated the King & Mane restaurant there before debuting TC in 2011.
“Madison has really embraced Tipsy Cow,” Banas told the State Journal. “We know we have more we can do under the concept but are very limited with the kitchen size downtown.”
The Sun Prairie restaurant will have a larger menu thanks to a larger, modern kitchen. The King Street location is in a flatiron building erected in 1887, and the kitchen is inconveniently located in the basement.
Banas said a potential second space in Monona fell through, which is unfortunate for me because I live in Monona and I enjoy Tipsy Cow.