Black Sheep, the wine bar and restaurant at 216 S. 2nd St., announced today that building owner Keith Harenda will turn over the reins to Milwaukee food and beverage industry veterans Wes Shaver and Mike Sorge.
Sorge, formerly of Hospitality Democracy, will manage operations. Meanwhile, Shaver, director of marketing and sales at Red Rock Saloon, Red Lion Pub, McGillycuddy’s, Trocadero and Three Lions Pub, will take over promotions and marketing.
Justice Neal, formerly of Blue Jacket, will take over the kitchen.
"Couldn't be more excited to take this next step in my career," says Neal of the move. "I also couldn't image two better guys to do it with. With their experience in the front of house, and mine in the kitchen, the sky really is the limit!"
Dinner and brunch menus will be revamped in the coming weeks, with previews of new items being offered as specials beginning this week.
The turn-of-the-century building was developed by Harenda and his firm, KPH Construction, with intentions to turn over the reigns to a food and beverage operator when a good fit was established. The top floor of the building is leased to Company B Brand Marketing.
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