Brothers Bar & Grill
Location: Milwaukee, WI
After being closed for nearly one year, the new and grown up Brothers Bar in Milwaukee, WI is nearly 8,500 sq ft with an all seasons patio containing 2,500 sq. ft. The building is a two-story completely restored building that has (4) commercial store fronts on Water street - just a short walk to Fiserv Forum where the Milwaukee Bucks play. They added a new full service kitchen, forty plus High def TV's, a custom 40-draft beer system on the first floor and a 10-draft on the second floor as well as an audio visual package with special effects. Borton knocked down the dividing wall between two buildings to combine the two locales into one large indoor space. The walls themselves, though, bring their own character to the space, as much of the old building's Cream City brick remains exposed, maintaining its unique architectural history even in the slick and modernized space, making it feel new and old simultaneously. On the second floor of the main hall, there’s another full-service bar and more tables for drinking and dining. A large chunk of the second floor – where much of the former dance floor was located – has been punched out and completely removed, and the roof has been raised, combining together to brighten and open the main house up. Brothers also purchased the parking lot next door to the former frame shop, transforming that unoccupied space into a rentable party room as well as, most notably, a huge four-seasons patio. At first glance, it appears to be an enclosed patio space with a roof and garage doors opening to the outside as well as into the main hall, but the long built-in panels on the ceiling can shift open when the weather is nice – or when visitors want an open air space during the ongoing pandemic – and close when rain, snow or cold arrives.