By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

A Wisconsin statute is getting in the way of Company Brewing’s progress.

According to the statute, an owner of a brewpub or brewery may not hold any other retail liquor licenses for businesses that they own or are affiliated with. As a result, the Class B license that co-owner Karen Bell holds for her butcher shop and restaurant, Bavette la Boucherie, is in conflict.

According to a press release issued by Bell and partner, George Bregar, this afternoon the two have decided that the best option is for Bell to sever her ties with the business.

"I am disheartened and saddened by this turn of events, but unfortunately do not see any other option than to part ways," says Bell. "I know that Company Brewing will be a huge asset to the city and neighborhood and look forward to sitting on the other side of the bar,"

Bell plans to assist Company Brewing in working through the transition, and will assist in recruiting a chef and kitchen staff in preparation for the brewpub’s opening in a few weeks.

Stay tuned to for details as they develop.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.