By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jun 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM

The Miami-inspired design of Ryan Braun's Waterfront, 102 N. Water St., continues to evolve this weekend as the restaurant unveils phase one of its patio.

It includes two horseshoe couches that add seating for 18, as well as a new bar with translucent, backlit panels, a concrete top and bamboo on the backside that matches the design of the inside's main bar. The patio, built by George Welsh of Welsh Construction and Wade Weissmann of Wade Weissmann Architecture, now seats 90. Peabody's Interior Design did the design work.

"We knew we had a unique concept for the restaurant, and with the combination of the waterfront location and Ryan's name, it was important for us to carry the uniqueness to our outdoor dining," said Craig Martin, general manager. "We were fortunate to work with some of the best designers and contractors that allowed us to get the patio completed in time for the upcoming summer festivals."

In addition to the new patio, servers have new uniforms designed by Braun himself. "Ryan wanted to have a creative, fresh look that was a reflection on the type of design and decor of the Waterfront. He took his clothing line, Remetee, and designed the shirt around the artistic brand that it is and we came up with the look for the uniforms that the staff are currently wearing," said Nez Balelo, Braun's agent with CAA Sports.

A second phase of the patio will consist of cabanas and a private area off of the VIP Lounge. It is expected to be completed by July.


Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

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