By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 05, 2022 at 8:53 AM

After a week of "taking a short pause," due to the Omicron and Delta outbreaks, Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St., reopens its beer hall and returns to normal operating hours today.

Brewery tours continue to remain on hold.

However, according to a social media post, the brewery will shift to enhanced COVID-19 safety procols.

Those protocols are:

"Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. If you don’t have one, we can supply one for you. Please keep them on unless you are eating or drinking at your table. We’re re-installing our plexiglas shields at service stations and between parties on our tables."

Lakefront says it hopes to bring its popular brewry tours back on Jan. 15.

"We’re taking a look at that this week and will let y’all know what we decide when we do," the post says.

In the meantime, the brewery's Grab & Go operation is up and running and so are the riverside Hop Houses and Bernie's Chalet for private dining.

Lakefront is open Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11-5.

Last week, Lakefront announced that it would close until Jan. 2.

"Omicron and Delta transmissions have spiked considerably and we are taking a short pause to determine which additional precautions we will be taking to maximize the safety of our employees and valued guests," the brewery noted in a social post.

"No inside service until we reassess the situation and work to re-establish our prior safety protocols."

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.