Overtime Sports Bar at 1920 Ward Ave. in La Crosse closed June 28 and is being remodeled into a Carbone’s Pizzeria & Billiards that’s expected to open around Aug. 19.

“Our primary menu will be pizza and pasta items,” said Andrew Schmitz, who owned Overtime and has purchased a Carbone’s franchise from the St. Paul-based chain of pizzerias. “We’ll also have a small selection of sandwiches, such as burgers and wraps.”

The new business will have a game room for children and adults. And it will have what Schmitz describes as an “upscale, clean billiards area” with 10 new Diamond-brand billiards tables and youth and adult leagues.

“It will be a family-friendly sports bar” with probably 20 television sets, Schmitz said.

“In the Twin Cities it’s a major name, with great pizza,” he said of his decision to buy a Carbone’s franchise. For more information on the chain, visit www.carbonespizzeria.com.

Neil And Tracy Schaitel have opened The Cotter Pin at 20671 State Hwy. 27 in the unincorporated community of Leon, south of Sparta.

The new business opened Memorial Day weekend. It offers a variety of wines, craft beers, light meals and unique gifts, Tracy Schaitel said.

The food menu will begin Monday and includes Dave’s Pizza from Viroqua, as well as wraps and panini sandwiches. “Two delicious sandwiches in particular are the turkey avocado BLT and The Cotter Pin Reuben,” Tracy said.

The Cotter Pin’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. or later (if busy) Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to close Friday through Sunday, she said.

“Neil grew up in Leon and has strong family ties to the town,” Tracy said of the couple’s decision to open The Cotter Pin. It’s named after his late father, Carl “Cotter” Schaitel.

“We saw a need for this type of business, somewhere you could go and relax with friends, enjoy a drink with a lighter food menu in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.”

The Cotter Pin’s telephone number is 608-487-8118 and its website is www.thecotterpinllc.org. It also is on Facebook.

Gasoline Alley Toys & Antiques opens Monday in its new location, the former Onalaska Upholstery shop at 110 Third Ave. S. in downtown Onalaska.

It’s been 18 years since Rick Christenson started Rick’s Toybox as a part-time, home-based online business that buys and sells vintage toys and coin-operated items such as slot machines and peanut and gumball machines.

His Gasoline Alley Toys & Antiques retail division opened June 2015 at 304 Main St. in Onalaska. Besides toys, it carries a full line of reproduction parts and decals for toy restoration.

Christenson said he and his wife, Kari, own the business and bought the new location after the upholstery firm’s owner retired. Gasoline Alley has about four times as much retail space as before. And the new location also has a three-stall shop that allows Gasoline Alley to expand into buying and selling vintage cars and other larger items such as gas pumps and soda pop coolers.

Gasoline Alley’s Aug. 7 grand reopening will feature a vintage and hot rod car show along with other activities. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Christenson hopes to add Saturday hours in the near future. For more information, visit www.gasolinealleytoys.com or the store’s Facebook page.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819.

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