Work continues on Braun’s restaurant in Lake Geneva

LAKE GENEVA — A new eatery bearing the name of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun could be open by Memorial Day, about two months later than planned, a spokesman for the group of restaurant investors said.

The Ryan Braun Tavern and Grill had been slated to open earlier this month in the former Cactus Club building at 430 Broad St.

During spring training in late February, Braun told that progress on his Lake Geneva restaurant was slow, but another eatery was in the works in Milwaukee.

Patrick Sweeney, a Madison-based lawyer leading the group of investors, told the Gazette this week that the Milwaukee opportunity needed to be seized immediately, and that delayed the Lake Geneva venture.

“We either had to jump on it and go or not,” he said. “We can only open one at a time. We put a lot into it, and it took a lot out of us.”

Ryan Braun’s Waterfront Grill opened in the historic Third Ward of Milwaukee on April 5, opening day of baseball at Miller Park.

Sweeney told the Gazette that the group of investors has redoubled efforts to get the Lake Geneva restaurant open soon.

“(It’s) coming,” he said. “We’re back on the fast track.”

Sweeney said in November, when work on the restaurant started, that the Ryan Braun Tavern and Grill will be an American bar and grill with good food, reasonable prices and a comfortable atmosphere.

Braun’s Los Angeles-based agent, Nez Balelo, told the Gazette that Braun will be involved in running the restaurant but would leave day-to-day operations to his other partners. Sweeney previously said Braun would visit the restaurant several times throughout the year and will sponsor a charity golf outing at a local course.

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