Le Tigre Lounge, one of Madison's most distinctive bars, full of kitschy tiger decor, is closed, at least temporarily, its owner said Wednesday.
"It might be a month, it might be two months. I'm not sure for how long right now," said Steve Josheff, who bartended beside his father, the elder Steve Josheff, for almost 18 years before his father's death in August 2015.
It was just the two of them behind the bar always, the younger Josheff, 45, said. "It was just me and him. I was the young one, he was the old one."
The younger Josheff goes by his middle name, Paul, because as his dad liked to say, 'It's too small of a place to have two Steves,' " Josheff said.
Josheff put word out on social media about his bar's temporary closing because he didn't want people to stop by and find it closed, but he is not yet ready to talk about its future.
"I'm just trying to figure stuff out," he said. "It was the hardest decision for me to close down for the time being.”
Josheff made the decision Saturday, but made the announcement of its temporary closure Wednesday.
A sign on the door says, "Sorry everyone, Le Tigre Lounge will be closed temporarily. Friend us on Facebook for approximation of reopening. Thanks, Paul."
Josheff said his father started the business in the 1950s as the Fireside Lounge on Regent Street and moved it to its current location, 1328 S. Midvale Blvd., in the 1960s, when it became Le Tigre.
"Le Tigre is a Madison staple that has an iconic status and I will reopen ASAP," Josheff said. It's had the same liquor license that whole time, he noted.
The bar is part of an aging shopping strip next to the Beltline. Josheff said it will be nice to get the construction on Verona Road done by the time he reopens.