The restaurant will be called 8*twelve and will be owned and operated by SURG, the same company Braun partnered up with to open his Milwaukee restaurant Graffito. The reigning NFL MVP and MLB National League MVP have talked about doing something like this for a while. Considering both players are expected to be involved with the state for many years to come, it only made sense for them to open a restaurant.
“Wisconsin has the greatest fans in the country,” said Rodgers. “This is an excellent opportunity for me to work with Ryan on a project that will create something for fans of the Packers, Brewers and sports in general, to take part in and enjoy.”
8*twelve will be located at 17800 W. Bluemound Rd. and is expected to be open in June. Both players were involved in the creation and concept of the restaurant. There is also talk about opening additional locations across the state, depending on the success of 8*twelve.
“Aaron and I are not only great friends, but we both have whole-heartedly made long-term commitments to the sports fans of Wisconsin,” said Braun. “We wanted to give them a home base to celebrate their favorite teams and enjoy some great food and service.”
The restaurant will be centered on American cuisine and will offer typical dishes while also including seafood and steak. Memorabilia of both players will be scattered throughout the restaurant along with high-definition televisions making 8*twelve an ideal place to watch sporting events. Rodgers and Braun will make scheduled appearances at the restaurant while they also hinted at showing up unannounced.
Rodgers and Braun opening up a restaurant together is a solid move. It is a way for them to be involved with the community in which they play in. Wisconsin sports fans will gladly check out the restaurant in big numbers and hopefully the food will be good enough to keep them coming back. Sports-themed restaurants are always fun, especially when they are centered on a specific person. To have a restaurant featuring two of the biggest heroes in Wisconsin sports should prove to be a good time.