Brothers Bar and Grill is reopening in an 8,000-square-foot space that now includes a beer garden and kitchen

Brothers Bar and Grill is new and improved, and ready to reopen in Milwaukee. 



a store filled with lots of graffiti: Brothers Bar and Grill is reopening at 1213 N. Water St. on Oct. 8. It is twice the size of its previous space and now has a full kitchen, 45 TVs, outdoor beer garden and more.


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Brothers Bar and Grill is reopening at 1213 N. Water St. on Oct. 8. It is twice the size of its previous space and now has a full kitchen, 45 TVs, outdoor beer garden and more.

The Water Street bar closed in November to prepare for an expansion that combined its previous space with the next-door space, the former Milwaukee Moulding & Frame building. 

After almost a year it is reopening an 8,000-square-foot space that includes ample seating, an arcade and dance floor. There are 45 TVs throughout the building for game watching and 40 draft lines for beers. A 2,000-square-foot beer garden is outside. 

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“It’s unrecognizable from before,” said Marc Fortney, co-owner of Brothers, 1213 N. Water St. “We’re really bringing everything. It’s the new version of Brothers.”

The bar and restaurant chain is based in La Crosse and has 20 locations across the country. Fortney said Brothers started as a college bar, but its new locations have been larger and more family-friendly. 



a store inside of a building: The second floor of Brothers Bar and Grill overlooks the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.


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The second floor of Brothers Bar and Grill overlooks the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.

“As we’ve gotten older, we’ve thought more about what we would want in a bar, and brought that to Brothers,” he said. “We’re available for family dining, and after 10 p.m. we’ll be 21 and older and focus on that crowd.” 

The Milwaukee Brothers is the first remodeled location in Wisconsin. 

“We don’t have this in La Crosse,” Fortney said. “We thought it was a great opportunity to do this in Milwaukee with the Fiserv Forum right there. It’s really exciting for us to bring this here to Wisconsin. We’re just beaming.”



Brothers Bar and Grill has a custom 40-foot long bar on the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.


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Brothers Bar and Grill has a custom 40-foot long bar on the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.

Features of the new Brothers include custom wood bars, one 40 feet long on the first floor and a second bar on the second floor. 

The dance floor has unique lighting and a dedicated DJ booth. Pool tables and dartboards are found throughout, as are murals. The second floor is available for renting out and overlooks the first floor. 



a sign on the side of a building: A Milwaukee mural is right outside the new beer garden at Brothers Bar and Grill. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.


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A Milwaukee mural is right outside the new beer garden at Brothers Bar and Grill. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.

The beer garden has a retractable roof, heaters, televisions and sliding garage doors. Exposed Cream City brick is throughout the interior and exterior, and the outside of the building also got a remodel. 

“We really pulled out all the stops for this place,” Fortney said. 

The new full kitchen will serve lunch and dinner. Its menu includes burgers, wings, salads and more with daily food and drink specials. 

Fortney said they will monitor

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Milwaukee bar Brothers expands, reopens with new menu, TVs, patio

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Brothers Bar and Grill is reopening at 1213 N. Water St. on Oct. 8. It is twice the size of its previous space and now has a full kitchen, 45 TVs, outdoor beer garden and more. (Photo: Jordyn Noennig)

Brothers Bar and Grill is new and improved, and ready to reopen in Milwaukee. 

The Water Street bar closed in November to prepare for an expansion that combined its previous space with the next-door space, the former Milwaukee Moulding & Frame building. 

After almost a year it is reopening an 8,000-square-foot space that includes ample seating, an arcade and dance floor. There are 45 TVs throughout the building for game watching and 40 draft lines for beers. A 2,000-square-foot beer garden is outside. 

“It’s unrecognizable from before,” said Marc Fortney, co-owner of Brothers, 1213 N. Water St. “We’re really bringing everything. It’s the new version of Brothers.”

The bar and restaurant chain is based in La Crosse and has 20 locations across the country. Fortney said Brothers started as a college bar, but its new locations have been larger and more family-friendly. 

“As we’ve gotten older, we’ve thought more about what we would want in a bar, and brought that to Brothers,” he said. “We’re available for family dining, and after 10 p.m. we’ll be 21 and older and focus on that crowd.” 

The Milwaukee Brothers is the first remodeled location in Wisconsin. 

“We don’t have this in La Crosse,” Fortney said. “We thought it was a great opportunity to do this in Milwaukee with the Fiserv Forum right there. It’s really exciting for us to bring this here to Wisconsin. We’re just beaming.”

Features of the new Brothers include custom wood bars, one 40 feet long on the first floor and a second bar on the second floor. 

The dance floor has unique lighting and a dedicated DJ booth. Pool tables and dartboards are found throughout, as are murals. The second floor is available for renting out and overlooks the first floor. 

The beer garden has a retractable roof, heaters, televisions and sliding garage doors. Exposed Cream City brick is throughout the interior and exterior, and the outside of the building also got a remodel. 

“We really pulled out all the stops for this place,” Fortney said. 

The new full kitchen will serve lunch and dinner. Its menu includes burgers, wings,

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Duluth brothers to open soul food kitchen, following in their dad’s footsteps

DULUTH – The Witherspoon brothers sang and laughed as they battered chicken and threw it in the deep fryer.

Tom Hanson watched with a smile of approval as the siblings navigated his kitchen at OMC Smokehouse, a popular restaurant in Duluth’s burgeoning Lincoln Park craft district.

“His eyes kind of lit up a bit the first time he tried it,” said Stephan Witherspoon, serving the crispy golden pieces alongside a bowl of his homemade cornbread dressing.

“When the man endorses you,” Solomon Witherspoon said, gesturing toward Hanson, “that’s how you know it’s real.”

The brothers are planning to open a soul food joint in Lincoln Park next year.

The venture would add them to the small roster of Black restaurant owners in the northeastern Minnesota city of 86,000.

The restaurant — dubbed Doc Witherspoon’s Soul Food Kitchen in their father’s honor — will serve Southern-style favorites like fried chicken, mac and cheese, cornbread and sweet potato pie.

Hanson, who owns two other Duluth restaurants, is helping advise the brothers as they search for a brick-and-mortar home, form marketing plans and seek business loans. He’s also contributing funds to their startup.

“Why am I helping to set up a competitor across the street? I believe that it will bring more people to Lincoln Park,” Hanson said.

“People get the benefit of trying new foods, and we’re culturally moving our neighborhood forward.”

Sylvester Witherspoon, also known as Doc, operated a restaurant in West Duluth in the 1970s and 1980s. He served as a pastor for years before he died in 1999.

Stephan Witherspoon, who serves as president of the local NAACP, remembers hanging around his father’s kitchen as a young boy, “looking, learning and especially tasting.”

“Now we’re living in these times of division, and we want to bring people together through food and love,” he said.

The Witherspoons will be having a pop-up event Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Peace United Church. Customers can preorder family-style meals ahead of time online.

Solomon Witherspoon said he hopes to someday be able to pay forward the business advice to other Black entrepreneurs.

“We absolutely want to be trendsetters,” he said.

In the meantime, the brothers are working to carry on their father’s legacy.

They make the work fun, dancing and teasing each other as they whip up the time-tested recipes they’ve carefully honed with years of minor tweaks.

“Personally, I’ve always thought my father did a lot for Duluth but didn’t get a lot of love back,” said Stephan Witherspoon, noting that his parents spent years as community activists.

His father was constantly inviting friends and strangers to join family meals or backyard barbecues.

“We’re feeling the love now,” he added.

 

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Sole Witness Who Heard Cops Announce Themselves in Breonna Taylor Raid Changed His Story

This week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made the bombshell announcement that the cops who fatally shot Breonna Taylor would not be charged with killing her, calling their use of force in the March raid “justified to protect themselves.”In that justification, he said that one witness corroborated the three officers’ insistence that they knocked and identified themselves at Taylor’s Louisville home while executing a search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation. It contradicted claims from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenny Walker, and 11 other residents, who said they didn’t hear the cops announce themselves. Instead, Walker thought he was being burglarized and fired a warning shot that triggered a tragic chain of events.But, according to documents and audio obtained by VICE News on Saturday, that sole witness initially told investigators days after the March 13 raid that he didn’t actually hear officers Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove announce themselves.The witness—identified by VICE as Aarin Sarpee but by other outlets and public records as Aaron Julue Sarpee—was picking up his daughter from a unit above Taylor’s when the raid took place.It wasn’t until he was interviewed a second time, about two months after the raid by a sergeant in LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit, that Sarpee said he heard police say, “This is the cops.”Sarpee’s flip-flop, the latest twist in a case that has made Taylor an icon in the Black Lives Matter movement, calls into question the strength of Cameron’s case and the grand jury report, which state officials are demanding be made public.“I never had faith in Daniel Cameron to begin with, I knew he was too inexperienced with a job of this caliber. I knew he chose to be at the wrong side of the law,” Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, said in a Friday statement. “My hope was that he knew he had the power to do the right thing, that he had the power to start the healing of this city, that he had the power to help mend over 400 years of oppression. What he helped me realize is that it will always be us against them. That we are never safe.”On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted only Hankison, though only for recklessly firing shots that endangered people in other units. Mattingly and Cosgrove—the cop who fired the shot that killed Taylor—weren’t charged.Cameron’s charging recommendations were at least partly based on Sarpee’s testimony, since the attorney general said Wednesday that investigators had “an independent witness” corroborate the officer’s account.No Cops Charged With Killing Breonna Taylor“My office was not tasked with determining if this was a tragedy, as it was,” Cameron said Wednesday, admitting that it was unlikely more charges would be laid. “My job was to put emotions aside and investigate facts to see if state law was violated.”Wednesday’s charges came more than six months after a “no-knock” warrant was issued for Taylor’s apartment as part of a controversial

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Miami Gardens brothers charged with abducting, beating man

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office say Miami Garden twin brothers Devon Cooke and Donavan Cook, abducted and assaulted a man in an attempt to collect ransom money.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office say Miami Garden twin brothers Devon Cooke and Donavan Cook, abducted and assaulted a man in an attempt to collect ransom money.

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Twin brothers under house arrest on murder charges duct-taped a man and cut his face and toes demanding a ransom payment, authorities said.

On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced 23-year-old twin brothers Devon Cooke and Donavan Cooke, of Miami Gardens, were charged with carjacking and kidnapping after they allegedly abducted and assaulted a man in an attempt to collect ransom money.

The brothers were under house house arrest on murder and attempted murder charges when the incident happened.

Authorities say on Tuesday the victim, who was not identified, drove to the twins’ home in Miami Gardens to collect money. When he arrived, the brothers assaulted him, snatched his car key and dragged him out of the car and into their house.

The brothers then bound him to a chair using duct tape and began beating him, authorities said. They used a knife to cut his face and toes and wrapped a dog leash around his neck, chocking him unconscious.

A witness told authorities they heard the man pleading for his life. The brothers threatened to kill him if he didn’t come up with the ransom money, the press release read.

With a gun to the man’s head, he was forced to make a call to an unknown person and told them to put cash, a Rolex and other jewelry into a bag and drive to a spot the twins designated.

An accomplice to the brothers then arrived at the home and stuffed the man into a car and took him to the exchange spot. Once there, the man ran away and the accomplice drove off with the ransom.

Authorities say investigation led by police officers led to the Cooke twins. FBI agents found some of the items used in the abduction and beating.

The twins are in federal custody and made their first appearance in Miami federal court Friday. Each brother faces up to 15 years in federal prison on the carjacking charge and life in prison on the kidnapping charge.

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Brothers add fun without fear to high-tech haunted house in Pontiac

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The Terebus brothers, owners of the Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, bring their over the top style to new escape rooms at Erebus Escape.

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Pontiac — It’s not every day you find yourself paying to be locked in a room with a corpse or two, let alone an evil Ice Queen but at Erebus Escape that’s exactly what you’re doing and enjoying every minute of it. 

Brothers and co-owners Ed and Jim Terebus, who also own the nearby Erebus Haunted Attraction, have spent over 40 years in the business of fright, including three years with Erebus Escape, where teams of players work together in an interactive scenario to find clues and solve riddles and puzzles with the goal of freeing themselves within a time limit. 

Not unlike Erebus Haunted Attraction up the street, the scenarios and movie-quality design of the escape rooms are creepy and realistic, and two new scenarios, “Dragons Curse” and “Once Upon a Time,” are giving entire families, including smaller children, a chance to get in the game. 

“My brother and I have been doing haunted houses for over 40 years, so it seemed like every time we tried to build something, we kept going to the scary side,” Ed Terebus said. “We actually called on some friends throughout the industry and asked for some assistance to have something more G-rated, more family-friendly but just as immersive, just really cool.”

  In “Dragons Curse,” you are an apprentice escaping the dungeon to free the wizard and in “Once Upon a Time,” you are the princess or prince trying to stop the Ice Queen from freezing over the kingdom.

  Now if you think the Terebus brothers are getting soft in their old age, a visit to one of the other ‘escape rooms’ will make you understand why it is you want to escape the room in the first place. 

Whether you’re sent back thousands of years to Ancient Greece searching for the “Eye of Horus,” a prisoner locked down in maximum security, or a detective trying to solve a ghastly murder, there is plenty of frightful fun to go around at Erebus Escape.

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The Property Brothers Show Off Their Grandest Kitchen Upgrades


“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are at it again! On this season of “Brother vs. Brother,” they’re competing to see who can renovate the better home in Los Angeles. And in the latest episode, they’re facing off over (arguably) the most important part of the house: the kitchen.

In the episode “A Tale of Two Kitchens,” a lot is on the line. Drew hasn’t won a single kitchen challenge in all six seasons of “Brother vs. Brother,” so he’s determined to get lucky with No. 7.


However, his plans may be dashed since Jonathan has plans for some show-stopping features, including a custom barrel ceiling and double kitchen islands.

It’s up to judges Maureen McCormick and Dan Vickery from the HGTV show “Frozen in Time” to decide which brother’s kitchen and dining space is better—and they have a tough decision to make.



Read on to find out how Drew preserves the history of his home, and how Jonathan creates character in his. Who knows, you might see some design ideas you’ll be inspired to try in your own home.

Bring attention to your ceiling

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This barrel ceiling is cleverly crafted with false brick panels.

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Jonathan’s kitchen and dining area starts out looking pretty bare-bones, so the pressure is on to add style and character. Of course, he comes through, starting with a stunning new ceiling.

Jonathan knows Drew has a barrel ceiling in his house, so he decides to one-up him with a barrel ceiling (with four barrels) that’s decorated with brick veneer panels.


While Jonathan first tries to get the brick look with a printed wallpaper, he realizes he’ll need to step it up to beat Drew. So he gets the panels custom-made from a shop that specializes in making pieces for Hollywood movie sets. Apparently, if this brick is good enough for Hollywood, it’s good enough for this Hollywood home.

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Jonathan Scott did a great job—this looks like real brick!

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The result is a gorgeous ceiling with timeless charm.

When the renovation is finished, McCormick loves the feature.

“Oh my gosh, what a work of art,” she says. “You know, I feel almost like I’m in Europe. So beautiful.”

Why stop at one kitchen island when you can have two?

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These double islands make this kitchen look massive.

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Jonathan decides to go big with this project, building an addition so that he can add extra space to his stunning kitchen and dining area. And with all that space, Jonathan decides to give the kitchen not just one beautiful island, but two!

These islands make for plenty of dining space for the future homeowners, and they look beautifully unique.

The hottest new home feature: A see-through fireplace

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Jonathan’s fireplace is uniquely see-through.

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A beautiful home needs a beautiful fireplace—and Jonathan delivers.

By shifting the fireplace header up, he’s able to add a tall, modern fireplace to the sitting area off the kitchen. The fireplace

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Police search for 1 of 3 brothers accused of raping 10yo girl

Wilmer Paz Perez, left, and his brother, Raul Paz Perez, were arrested and booked with first-degree rape, accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

KENNER, Louisiana — Police are looking for one of the three brothers accused of raping a 10-year-old girl in Kenner on September 9. 

35-year-olds Raul and Wilmer Paz Perez have been arrested and are being held without bond at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna after being charged with first-degree-rape of a victim under the age of 13, a release from the Kenner Police Department said.

Police have been looking for the third brother, 31-year-old Elder Paz Perez.

The brothers, who were friends of the victim’s family, were alone in the house with the girl in early September when they started to make sexual advances towards her. 

The three men offered the girl money, but she refused and locked herself in the bathroom before the men somehow unlocked the door and raped her, police said.

Elder Paz Perez already has a second rape allegation involving another victim against him, police reported. 

Anyone willing to share information on the whereabouts Elder Paz-Perez are asked to contact the Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll-free 1.877.903.7867

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After 10-year-old locked herself in bathroom, 3 brothers accused of breaking in and raping her | Crime/Police

Three brothers are accused of forcing their way into a bathroom and raping a 10-year-old girl who had locked herself inside to hide from them, Kenner police said Monday. 

Two of the suspects, Raul and Wilmer Paz Perez, both 35, were arrested Saturday and booked with first-degree rape of a victim under the age of 13, said Lt. Michael Cunningham, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department. 



$700,000 bond set for Gretna man accused of raping 10-year-old girl

Authorities have arrested a Gretna man who is accused of raping and inappropriately touching a young girl over the course of four years. 

Investigators are searching for a third sibling, Elder Paz Perez, 31, on the same charge. 

The brothers are friends of the victim’s family, according to authorities. 

The three were alone with the girl in a Kenner house on Sept. 9 when they began making sexual advances towards her, authorities said. The brothers offered the girl money, but she refused and locked herself in the bathroom, according to Cunningham. 

The trio used something, possibly a butter knife, to unlock the door. The men then raped the girl, authorities said. 

One of the girl’s relatives contacted police Saturday after she revealed the rape. 

After their arrests, Raul and Wilmer Paz Perez gave conflicting statements about what they were doing at the time of the rape, Cunningham said. 

As officers continue to look for Elder Paz Perez, detectives are investigating a second rape allegation against him involving another victim, according to Cunningham. 

Raul and Wilmer Paz Perez were being held without bond Monday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. 

Anyone having any information on the whereabouts Elder Paz-Perez are asked to contact the Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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