By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 31, 2016 at 10:01 AM

In culmination of Saz’s month-long 40th anniversary celebration, the rib-slinging Milwaukee restaurant will host a "Grand Hurrah" party Thursday, March 31 at its flagship location, Saz’s State House, 5539 W. State St.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the festivities will include speakers, entertainment and a Grand Buffet, which will benefit charities including Variety-the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation.

At 4 p.m., special guest speakers will include Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderman Michael Murphy, Ed Lump of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Gerise LaSpisa of Variety-the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker and others, sharing a few words about the past four decades and about local native and Saz’s owner, Steve Sazama.

A variety of surprise guests will also be present during the event along with customers who were present the day the doors opened in 1976.

Entertainment from Jeff Keller & the Singing Machine Karaoke will begin at 6 p.m., along with the Grand Buffet. Meanwhile, the bar will feature guest bartenders who have a history with the bar and restaurant. Raffle prizes and throwback-priced 40 cent MillerCoors tappers will be available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.