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Bavette la Boucherie’s Karen Bell has teamed with former Colectivo director of coffee George Bregar to open Company Brewing in the Stonefly space at 735 E. Center St., in Riverwest.
The new brew pub will feature a range of craft ales and lagers and what a press release calls, "an innovative, yet approachable food menu built around nose-to-tail cooking."
Stonefly is expected to close by the end of the month.
Perhaps among the most notable news in all this is that Bregar is leaving Colectivo after next week. For years, he has been involved in selecting and blending beans as the green coffee buyer and previously he worked as a roaster at Colectivo, where his polished skills will surely be missed.
Bregar was also instrumental in introducing craft beer to Colectivo.
"Our goal is to provide food and beer offerings that will encourage regular visits from our neighbors, while earning a reputation for quality that attracts guests from all over. We look forward to connecting with the community in which we work, providing entertainment and nourishment and fostering good company," Bregar said in a statement today.
Bregar will focus on the beer and Bell will run the restaurant side of Company Brewing.
"Company Brewing pays homage to food that is produced according to old world traditions sourcing only the best and most responsible ingredients, taking our time with them, and using proper techniques. Company Brewing is also a tribute to craftsmanship, and we embrace a culture that celebrates the process of honing one’s craft," said Bell in the release.
"The menu will be creative and playful, while remaining approachable," Bell added. "We feel that both the beer and food need to be on the same level at Company, which at its core is about high quality ingredients and freshness."
The new place is expected to open in early February, after what the release called, "some mild remodeling and updates."
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.