By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Dec 07, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Burke's Irish Castle, 5328 W. Bluemound Rd., has served up its last pint.

General Manager Eric Repka confirmed by phone that the last day of business for the popular west side Irish brewpub was Saturday, Dec. 5.

Owner Sean Burke acquired the bar and restaurant in April 2012 giving it new life with an extensive remodel. 

According to information reported by Urban Milwaukee this afternoon as well as licensure paperwork filed with the City of Milwaukee this November, we've learned that Karlis Vecitis, former owner of Kelly's Bleachers and co-owner of Burke's Irish Castle will retain ownership of the space.

The business, which has tentatively filed under the name DugOut 54, will be reconcepted, but will continue to operate as a bar and restaurant.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for updates as additional details develop.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.