By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 03, 2022 at 12:32 PM

Former Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has stepped up to the plate, investing in the new 3rd Street Market Hall.

The former Central Division Champion chose to invest following his attendance at the United For Waukesha charity event hosted at the food hall last December.

According to an announcement from the Market Hall, Lucroy – who played nearly seven seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and  earned the Central Division Championship title with the team in 2011 and graced the MLB All-Star game in both 2014 and 2016– has missed the culture, the food, and most importantly, the people of Milwaukee ever since he made his departure. Now, six years after leaving the city, Lucroy wants to invest in the future of Milwaukee and visit more often.

“I loved going back to Milwaukee in December and visiting 3rd Street Market Hall,” said Lucroy in a release. “The United For Waukesha charity event they hosted reminded me of why I love this community. I want to help Milwaukee succeed and 3rd Street Market Hall seems like the perfect opportunity to do so.”

Lucroy received widespread support from Brewers fans when he visited last month. 

 “I think he’s finally realizing how much this city still loves him,” said the market hall’s General Manager, Eric Kaye. “Milwaukee misses him as much as he misses Milwaukee. We’re glad he chose 3rd Street Market Hall and we’re excited to have him as one of our investors.”

Need to experience the the 3rd Street Market Hall for yourself? Check out our guide to Downtown's newest food hall.

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.