Milwaukee may get its very own (torture-less) hostel
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The drive to transform Milwaukee into a top-shelf destination for well-heeled world travelers has been going strong for years. Fancy-schmancy art museums, restaurants, bars, and hotels have been reeling in travelers and travel writers alike, leading to a spike in tourist dollars and “Great job, Milwaukee!” posts. But what about perpetually broke, backpacking teens who can’t afford the luxuries of, say, The Iron Horse? Has no one thought of the children?
Apparently someone has. Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel is reporting that Milwaukee may soon get its very own hostel. A local couple, Tristan Klein and Carolyn Weber, is planning to open the Third Coast Inn in Walker’s Point, complete with a nearby bike shop. According to Daykin:
Third Coast Inn, 602 S. 3rd St., would feature 18 beds within five rooms, as well as a kitchen, laundry room, two bathrooms and other common areas for guests, according to a proposal filed with the Milwaukee Board of Zoning Appeals. The rooms would feature dormitory-style bunk beds.
The couple also would operate Coast In Bicycles, a bicycle sales, rental and repair shop, in Walker’s Point. It would be that neighborhood’s only bicycle shop, the proposal said. Weber and Klein are considering potential shop locations within three to five blocks of the planned hostel.
Klein and Weber plan to use crowd sourcing to raise money for the businesses, and not, as some may assume, an elaborate torture fantasy-camp tailored to the ultra-rich.