The SURG Restaurant Group, which operates Carnevor Steakhouse, Umami Moto, Distil, Mikey's and Charro, is taking over ownership of Ryan Braun's Waterfront.
"This is an exciting time for SURG. Before we add to our hospitality family, we make sure the addition will be the right fit for our SURG brand and that we can guarantee our guests the outstanding food and attention to detail we put into each and every one of our restaurants," SURG owner Omar Shaikh said in a press release.
"Since Ryan joined the Milwaukee Brewers, we’ve had many conversations and discovered our expectations of excellence in hospitality are on the same level. My partner and I look forward to putting our touch on RBWF and delivering a consistent dining experience that will make our customers return again and again."
Braun's restaurant, which opened in April, has been closed for remodeling. Shaikh and partner Mike Polaski expect it to re-open in March. Braun's role will remain the same as it was with the previous ownership group.
"I’m very excited about being a part of the SURG group," Braun said in the release. "Omar and Mike’s track record speaks for itself. Their hospitality expertise and impeccable reputation was the perfect combination for our restaurant. I can’t thank our customers enough for their patience through this process, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the restaurant throughout the upcoming baseball season."
Renovations will be made to the cuisine, patio and private dining area.
"We are expecting the renovations to begin in mid-January and plan to open the doors in March, with the general manager and executive chef being announced over the next couple of weeks," Polaski said. "Like with all of our openings, we take our time to assure every detail has been thought out and addressed. The staff will be put through an extensive training program so we can be confident our guests are receiving the level of service they deserve and can expect at a SURG restaurant."
Gifts cards purchased under the original ownership will be honored once SURG reopens the new restaurant.
My one visit to RBW was actually pretty good. Decent food and a very nice waitress. No complaints. I think SURG will do well in this space but I question why SURG is continuing the relationship with Braun. His name (and presence) brought absolutely nothing to this place. When I think of Ryan Braun, I don't think high quality food. Perhaps keeping the license agreement with Braun was part of the purchase. SURG, you've done a great job with Umami Moto, Charro and your other establishments based on the quality of your food, service and atmosphere. Don't rely on Ryan Braun's name to make this place succeed.
Seemed like no one had a problem with the food - it was the service that sucked. Maybe the new management will clean house and fix that part.
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