Hot on the heels of news that ABV Social has closed at the Mayfair Collection comes news that Milwaukee’s Good City Brewing will open a taproom in the space in spring.
“I grew up just a few miles west of the site, off Burleigh Road,” says co-founder Dan Katt, “so it’s something we’ve always had our eyes on – opportunities to expand the Good City experience to that area. We couldn’t be more excited to join the neighborhood.
“When HSA reached out to us late last year about opening a new location, our initial thought was that we were crazy for even entertaining the idea. But a pillar of our business since Day 1 has been risk taking, and we thought the opening of this taproom would time well with vaccinations and the overall trajectory of the pandemic.”
There is no firm opening date yet for the new taproom.
"We are so excited to bring this beloved local brewery to The Mayfair Collection," said Brenton Schrader, VP of Retail Leasing & Marketing for HSA Commercial Real Estate, in a statement.
"As we continue to build and grow this new community, we think that the Good City taproom is going to be the perfect spot for our guests and residents to grab a beer, watch a game and have some fun."
Like ABV Social and the other Good City taprooms, the new venue will serve food.
While the menu has not yet been announced, Good City says to “expect curry fries, burgers and other staples Good City is known for in addition to innovative new brews from its Indigo experimental series.”
The new taproom will help bring back jobs lost when ABV Social and other restaurants in the complex closed in recent months.
“The pandemic has certainly impacted everyone, but the hospitality industry in particular has been hit hard,” says co-founder David Dupee. “We feel incredibly grateful to still be standing and will do everything within our power to create and preserve service industry jobs.”
Last May, Good City operated a drive-thru in the parking lot of nearby Mayfair Mall.
For more information, visit goodcitybrewing.com.
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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.