‘Coyotes’ hit Water Street

Many teenage girls who watch the movie, “Coyote Ugly,” want one thing out of life: to become a famous singer-songwriter while dancing on bars in the process.

With the Feb. 16 opening of the Coyote Ugly Saloon on Water Street, that dream becomes a bit more attainable, offering the chance to go down in history as one of the “original” Milwaukee Coyotes.

Coyote hopefuls are invited to interview with Liliana “Lil” Lovell, the Saloon’s founder, from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 5. Lovell, who hosted Country Music Television’s “The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search” from 2006-08, said in a press release that women should “dress to impress” and be prepared to showcase any “extra flare” they have such as singing or dancing. She also said interviewees must be at least 21 years old.

So what sets a pup apart from a coyote in auditions?

Daniel Huckaby, Regional Manager for Coyote Ugly Saloon, said the ideal candidate has a crazy, outgoing personality. He also said she should be fearless, because the job is not for the weak of heart.

“However, there really is no right or wrong girl,” Huckaby said. “She just has to be ready and willing to bring the party.”

Past the initial hiring process hype, both Lovell and Huckaby think the Water Street location will be successful. They agree that Milwaukee is perfect for the bar’s business.

“Milwaukee has been coined the drunkest city in America and is home to Harley-Davidson,” Huckaby said. “The real question is why did it take us so long to get here?”

Lovell said the Water Street location is exciting enough to match the excitement of her bar.

“Water Street is Milwaukee’s famous entertainment district,” she said in the press release. “And as the most famous bar on the planet, the new Coyote Ugly Saloon will be in the heart of it all.”

Although he believes that the Coyote Ugly bars are well-run and professional, Jeff Sherman, president of OnMilwaukee.com, which highlights entertainment events in the area, said the bar is a perfect fit for Milwaukee, but could lose its appeal after a while.

“Milwaukeeans love their local establishments, so the novelty of Coyote Ugly could wear off eventually,” Sherman said. “But since their concept is still new for Milwaukee, it will have some good buzz early on.”

Many women across Marquette’s campus are talking about the coveted bartender openings. Some are attempting to figure out what their “extra flare” could be.

Minjee Lee, a junior in the College of Business Administration, said she is considering the auditions and looks forward to the opportunity.

“I can give them extra flare,” Lee said. “Two words: Asian Sensation.”

For others, auditioning is not so much of a personal appeal, but a discussion topic for what they think the saloon is looking for.

Mikhaila Norton, a junior in the College of Business Administration, said although she is not applying to the Coyote bar, she figures the club is looking for a variety of personalities, similar to those in the movie.

“My guess would be a ‘good girl gone bad’ attitude would be pretty promising,” Norton said. “Anything that could appeal to customers.”