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Schlitz Park President Gary Grunau has officially announced that the Brown Bottle Pub will reopen Monday, Nov. 17 in the former Schlitz Brewery complex at 221 W. Galena St.
The restaurant will begin with lunch and happy hour service, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., expanding to include dinner on Monday, Dec. 1. A patio is slated to open in spring.
Grunau also announced that Ben Hudson, who previously worked at Bacchus, will be the executive chef at the restaurant, which has been vacant since Libiamo closed in 2012.
That restaurant had replaced the original Brown Bottle Pub which operated until 2004. The space was originally home to the Schlitz Brewing Co. tasting room, which opened in 1938 in the Stock-House building complex.
"We want to honor Brown Bottle’s rich history by providing a nod to old world pub fare while offering a more modern style of food and atmosphere in a comfortable and convenient Downtown location," Grunau in a statement issued this morning.
Hudson said in the statement that the Brown Bottle will serve a mix of classic pub fare and comfort foods.
"Special attention will be paid to locally sourced foods from Wisconsin; vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options; and wholesome offerings," he added.
"We’re excited to introduce the Brown Bottle to a new era of guests and make it a dining destination in the Downtown and Brewers Hill areas whether to meet with colleagues or gather with friends," said Hudson, who is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore.
Davíans, which runs Schlitz Park's Schlitz Park Café in the RiverCenter and The Brew, which recently opened in the Stock-House, will operate the new Brown Bottle.
On Friday, OnMilwaukee.com reported that the newly reopened restaurant would host a fundraiser on Nov. 19.
Once dinner service is added, the Brown Bottle will be open Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.