Cactus Club set to reopen as Ryan Braun Tavern and Grill
LAKE GENEVA Milwaukee Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun headlines a group of investors that plan to reopen the former Cactus Club restaurant in Lake Geneva.
The Ryan Braun Tavern and Grill is set to open before the end of the year as an up-scale restaurant.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that a group of investors led by Madison lawyer Patrick Sweeney finalized a licensing deal with Braun and Major League Baseball this month.
The group is spending more than $1 million on upgrades to a former Mexican restaurant at 430 Broad St.
The idea is to open for business within 6-8 weeks. Braun would then host a grand opening when the Brewers return to Milwaukee in April.
The concept could spread to another town near you, Sweeney said. The group is already looking for a downtown Milwaukee location to open before the end of 2010, and is eyeing other locations in suburban Milwaukee and Madison.
"We think we have the right name to get people in the door, but if you don't have great food, they're not coming back. So we're focusing on putting together a great menu," Sweeney said. "We think we have the right concept."
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