Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Braun opening restaurant together

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Two of the state's top athletes are teaming up for a new restaurant venture.  

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Ryan Braun have signed a licensing agreement for a new restaurant bearing their names. The 8*twelve restaurant is expected to open in late June in Brookfield -- and will feature American classics on a wood-fire grill.  it will be operated by the same group that operates Ryan Braun's graffito restaurant in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE (Press Release) – On Monday Milwaukee Brewers All-Star and Major League Baseball MVP, Ryan Braun and Green Bay Packer Pro-Bowl and National Football League MVP Aaron Rodgers announced they will open a new restaurant called 8*twelve. The restaurant will be located in Brookfield and owned and operated by SURG; making this the second Braun-SURG partnership and the first for Rodgers.

"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."

Located at 17800 W. Bluemound Rd., 8*twelve will offer American cuisine including many family favorites as well as steaks and seafood. Executive Chef Aaron Patin designed the menu, creating items that will offer an extra zest of flavor by being prepared in the wood fire grill, a center point of the kitchen. Fans of both players will see memorabilia in the bar area, which will also include numerous big-screen televisions to catch sporting events.

"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."

Both Braun and Rodgers had a hand in developing the concept for 8*twelve, which is scheduled to open to the public in June. Guests of the restaurant can expect to see both players make scheduled and unscheduled appearances throughout the year.

"Ryan's involvement with Graffito has been such a positive experience for both sides, so when another opportunity presented itself in Brookfield, we all agreed to move forward," said SURG co-owner Omar Shaikh. "Aaron had expressed interest in the business after visiting Graffito a few times and with his friendship with Ryan, 8*twelve just fell into place. This will be great for the Brookfield area"

Mike Polaski, CEO and co-owner of SURG, feels the combination of two great players and amazing cuisine and staff will prove to be a winner. Plans for additional locations are being considered.

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