Sherman Perk took its name from its home - Sherman Park, Milwaukee’s historically diverse neighborhood. Proprietors Bob and Pat Olin achieved their vision to create a community gathering place that serves an honest cup of coffee without the pretense.
Converting a deteriorated, environmentally contaminated, tax delinquent gas station on the brink of repossession and destruction had its challenges. But through perseverance and cooperation with various state and local agencies the concept became a reality opening for business in August 2001.
This rare surviving example of Streamlined Moderne architecture was recognized by the National Register and granted landmark status on 2001.
More than just a coffee shop Sherman Perk serves as a meeting place for the community. It is a regular stop for many state and local politicians during campaigns and serves as a meeting place for listening sessions and town halls. Seating 20 to 30 comfortably Sherman Perk also encourages neighborhood groups to take advantage of this unique gathering spot.
As music aficionados, and Bob a musician himself, Sherman Perk supports the local music scene by providing an intimate space for troubadours and buskers to showcase their talents. Be sure to check the events calendar for the free live music on most Friday nights.