Braun, Rodgers' 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill Now Open

In a surprise announcement on Facebook, 8-twelve said it was opening for dinner July 5 and taking no reservations its first weekend.

Batter up: the grill is open.

8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill, the partnership between Brewers left-fielder Ryan Braun and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, announced its opening Thursday, just minutes before it said the doors would open at 4 p.m.

The restaurant with the name taken from the MVP's jersey numbers (Braun’s eight and Rodgers’ 12), is located at 17800 W. Bluemound Rd., in the former pan-Latin restaurant, in the Town of Brookfield.

"We wanted to let our online friends be the first to know, we will open for dinner tonight at 5pm," the restaurant unveiled on its Facebook page. "We will be taking walk-ins only throughout the weekend. Check http://www.8-twelve.com/ for our menu & more information"

Omar Surg, co-owner and president of SURG Restaurant Group (Carnevor, 8-twelve, Ryan Braun Graffito, Umami Moto, Graffito Florida, Bradford Beach), confirmed on Twitter it was opening.

"We kept it quiet but YES we are opening @8TwelveMVP tonight starting at 4pm," Surg wrote.

Dinner and a full bar are available. The restaurant, run by chefs Rafael Elisea and Andrew Miller, plans to add a lunch menu starting Aug. 3 and brunch on Aug. 5.

The restaurant's Facebook page has photos of entrees such as Cedar Planked Scottish Shetland Salmon (roasted fingerling potatoes, wild mushroom-dill cream, shaved red onion and parsley salad), Buttermilk Fried Amish Chicken (with house-smoked tomato mac and cheese), and Wood Grilled Maine Twin Lobster Tails (with grilled asparagus, chive hollandaise).

Local farms tapped for beef, pork

8-twelve will feature American fare, including burgers, steak and other grilled food. The menu includes the "Brauny Burger" with smoked gouda, sweet onion bacon compote and worcestershire on a pretzel bun for $11; and "Rodgers' Prime Cuts" of prime bone-in ribeye, New York strip, filet mignon, skirt steak and filet medallions ranging from $25 up to $49.

Much of the meat is raised at Hidden Creek Farms, a New London farm operated by Surg CEO and co-owner Mike Polaski, other local farms and 8-twelve's herb garden.

Entrees range from $15 to $39, with sandwiches about $11 and soups, $6. Appetizers, from $7 to $14, include wood-grilled wings, tater tots, fried calamari, lobster crab cakes, a Wisconsin cheese board, and shrimp and grits.

Desserts include "Chocola8" — a fudge brownie with white and dark chocolate mousse, hazelnut crunch, chocolate ganache and chocolate crumble, topped with milk chocolate ice cream. Dutch apple and banana pie and smoked cherry crisp also are available for $7 to $8.

The restaurant is the second Braun-SURG Restaurant Group partnership and the first for Rodgers. Braun partnered with SURG on Graffito on Water Street in Milwaukee.

The Packers quarterback and Brewers left-fielder plan to make scheduled and unannounced visits on the Brookfield restaurant.

Let’s Go!

8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill

Address: 17800 W. Bluemound Rd.

Phone: 262-641-5600

Website: 8-twelve.com


 Dinner: Monday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday 5 to 9 p.m.

Happy Hour: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays


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Pennyluhu July 05, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Wow! THIS is "breaking news?" A couple more multi-million dollar a year ATHLETES are opening a joint where only morons who'd wear foam chunks of cheese on their heads would go to pay $15 for a burger just because its named after their favorite player. Come on, people. Don't you see by spending your hard-earned money there, you're just helping the un-earned rich get richer.If you're going in hopes of catching a glimpse of your idol, you're better off saving your dough and hanging around the back door where they would be slipping in to avoid contact with the average working class.
local guy July 05, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Wow! What's really bothering you Pennyluhu?
Bitter Clinger July 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
It's news to me. I'll have to check it out sometime.
Karen July 06, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I agree!!
Denise Konkol (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I'm excited about this - it's reinvestment in the local communities where these guys play. I guess people will always find something to gripe about, but both of these athletes do a lot for charity, and now are continuing to give people jobs, and that ain't bad.
Denise Konkol (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
That's kind of a sad view, with a lot of assumptions that don't fit their reputations, quite honestly. I don't get that impression from either of these athletes and frankly I think whatever they make, God bless them. It's also a business that's opening and hiring people.
Pennyluhu July 06, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Blah, blah, blah. If these, again, unearned millionaires really cared about charity, they would deny half their earnings so the average families could afford to spend a day watching them play. I am not a sports fan but do understand and respect other's right to enjoy. I just know they are being paid WAY too much for such a short time of their lives which includes endorsements and public appearances.don't think there's not a big tax break for their donations, too.I see way too many people struggling to get by to get excited about this. BTW, Burger king and Aldi's down the road are hiring so we really don't need this. Smile, y'all and have a wonderful day!
Walker July 06, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Meatloaf $25? Fish-n-chips $25? Tater tots $7? I guess they can say they're hiring temps; good luck making it past 3 yrs.
Dave Swarthout July 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Walker & Pennyluhu, It is nice to know that neither of you will patronize this new business. It will make it so much nicer for those of us who do.
Muristas July 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
$3 beers. I can afford that. Have fun at chilis. Where do you think that money is going?
Muristas July 06, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Have you ever been to a nice restaurant before? Or just applebees?
KAY KRISTIN July 22, 2012 at 09:29 PM
You know, if you don't LIKE an establishment, don't GO there...let those who DO like it enjoy it. Geez...get a LIFE!


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