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Move over Laverne, Lakefront Brewery is doin' it their way.
Move over Laverne, Lakefront Brewery is doin' it their way.

Big changes at Lakefront Brewery

Some big changes are underway at Lakefront Brewery, but not for the beer.

Lakefront Brewery will add a walk-up food counter featuring locally sourced products and extend its tour schedule to include weekday tours from 4 to 7:30 p.m. 

The new food counter will be open on weekdays during brewery tours and will have a limited menu, including Wisconsin-made artisan cheeses and meats. Local food providers will include Growing Power, Miller Bakery, Rocket Baby Bakery, Great Lakes Distillery and Bittercube.

The brewery’s Friday night fish fry will also be revamped, with all cooking and food operations to be taken over by the brewery featuring locally sourced food, as well. 

Lakefront’s kitchen operations – which were handled by Vecchio Entertainment Group – will now be overseen by a new hospitality general manager, Jessica Koehler, new head chef, Kristin Walker, and sous chef, Matthew Venzke. 

The name will change from Lakefront Palm Garden to Lakefront Beer Hall. Lakefront’s fish fry will continue to be served on Friday only and, yes, the Brew House Polka Kings band will still perform weekly.

"We are very excited to offer visitors more tour opportunities and more local foods overall," said Lakefront owner Russ Klisch. "This is a natural evolution of our commitment to customers and to local and sustainable foods."

Important note: Lakefront’s Friday fish fry will be temporarily on hiatus during the transition period. Klisch plans to reopeni the fish fry as soon as possible.


Myke | Dec. 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. (report)

34599 When I say the title of this article, I was excited hoping they'd bring back Gyration / Jump City that great band that used to play there sometimes.

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