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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House Democrats’ stimulus bill includes stimulus checks for illegal immigrants, protections from deportations

A stimulus package proposed by Democrats in the House of Representatives includes a number of items that will benefit illegal immigrants — including an expansion of stimulus checks and protections from deportations for illegal immigrants in certain “essential” jobs.

The $2.2 trillion bill includes language that allows some illegal immigrants — who are “engaged in essential critical infrastructure labor or services in the United States” —  to be placed into “a period of deferred action” and authorized to work if they meet certain conditions.

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It also grants protections to those employers who hire those undocumented immigrants, ordering that “the hiring, employment or continued employment” of the defined group is not in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. That lasts until 90 days after the public health emergency is ended.

A Democratic description of that part of the bill says that “such workers are deemed to be in a period of deferred action and to be authorized for employment, and employers are shielded from certain immigration-related violations for employing such workers.”

It’s language that was included in the first House Democratic stimulus bill proposed back in May — a bill that was ultimately rejected in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Also in the legislation is language that would allow the a second round of stimulus checks, $1,200 per adults and $500 per dependant, to be extended to those without a social security number — including those in the country illegally who file taxes via an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

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The bill also would require the Department of Homeland Security to review the files of those in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and to prioritize those for release if they are not a threat to national security. It also demands migrants have access to free video calls and access to virtual legal assistance from nonprofits.

Those parts of the bill were criticized by immigration hawks like the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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“Once again House Democrats are trying to bailout millions of illegal aliens – and not just financially, but give them de facto amnesty as well,” FAIR’s government relations director RJ Hauman told Fox News. “This would be an unprecedented move and take desperately needed money and jobs away from Americans in the middle of a pandemic. Even though it has absolutely zero chance of becoming law, I hope voters are paying close attention.”

The House was expected to vote on the bill Wednesday evening, but it was later delayed to allow Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin another day to attempt to thrash out a deal.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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House Democrats Working on $2.4 Trillion Stimulus Bill That Includes a Second Check: Report

It’s been many months since the CARES Act provided an initial round of relief in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. And it’s not as though lawmakers haven’t been trying to move a second relief bill forward; they’ve just been unable to agree on details. But now, CNBC reports that House Democrats put together a new relief package in order to revive stalled stimulus negotiations.

What’s in the new bill?

The latest Democratic proposal comes at a $2.4 trillion price tag, which may seem hefty, but is a steal compared to the HEROES Act, which cost over $3 trillion. The HEROES Act survived a House vote, but failed to move forward in the Senate earlier this year, and one reason was the Republicans’ claim that the price tag was, in their view, exorbitant. This new proposal aims to appease Republicans while moving negotiations forward, and some of its more notable provisions include:

While Republicans and Democrats largely agree on two of the above three points — stimulus checks and PPP funding — enhanced unemployment has been a sticking point. Democrats have pushed to uphold the $600 weekly boost the CARES Act gave (that benefit expired at the end of July), while Republicans have made it clear they want to incentivize returning to work, so they want to limit the amount unemployment pays out. A big point of contention with the CARES Act boost was that it resulted in many jobless workers getting a raise on unemployment — something Republicans do not want to see happen again.

Does this latest proposal have a shot at passing?

It’s clear Americans need relief, given the relentless nature of the coronavirus pandemic and a jobless rate that remains painfully high. There’s also pressure to pass a relief bill prior to the November presidential election. But whether this latest Democratic proposal gets the job done is yet to be seen. Meanwhile, the House could vote on the Democrats’ new proposal as early as next week. That’s only one hurdle, however — if Republicans disapprove, it will stall out in the Senate, just like the HEROES Act.

Many Americans hope for added relief, specifically in the form of a second stimulus check. While it seems that Democrats and Republicans do want that money to go out sooner rather than later, that can’t happen until an official relief bill gets passed into law. At this point, negotiations would have to move at warp speed to get a round of stimulus cash out prior to early November, but technically, it could happen. And if it does, countless Americans will breathe a little easier — at least in the near term.

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Most Expensive ZIP Codes During Pandemic Includes Hell’s Kitchen

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — Despite lots of talk about declining rent during the pandemic, several Manhattan ZIP codes remain among the most expensive in the U.S. — including the 10019 ZIP code in Hell’s Kitchen, according to a new study.



a tall building in a city: The 10013 ZIP Code, which includes the northern part of Hell's Kitchen and Midtown, is the sixth-most expensive in New York City and ranked No. 87 on the nationwide list​, with a median home sale price of $1,750,000.


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The 10013 ZIP Code, which includes the northern part of Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown, is the sixth-most expensive in New York City and ranked No. 87 on the nationwide list​, with a median home sale price of $1,750,000.

Property Club, a New York City-based real estate company, looked at all residential sales nationwide between March 13 and Sept. 7 to determine the 125 priciest ZIP codes during the pandemic thus far.

The 10013 ZIP Code, which includes the northern part of Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown, is the sixth-most expensive in New York City and ranked No. 87 on the nationwide list, with a median home sale price of $1,750,000.

The priciest ZIP code in New York State was not in the city, however, but out on the East End of Long Island: Sagaponack’s 11962 ZIP Code came in third on the nationwide list with a $3,795,000 median home sale price.

Four of the top six most expensive New York City ZIP Codes during the pandemic are in Lower Manhattan. The top five most expensive are as follows:

Here are the five most expensive New York City ZIP Codes after 10013:

  • SoHo, Tribeca, Chinatown (10013): $3,250,000 median home sale price
  • Upper West Side (10069): No. 17, $3,070,000 median home sale price
  • Tribeca/Lower Manhattan (10007): No. 20, $2,900,000 median home sale price
  • Battery Park (10282): No. 26, $2,712,500 median home sale price
  • SoHo/Greenwich Village (10012): No. 51, $2,150,000 median home sale price

The top two in the nation are both in California: Atherton (94027), a Bay Area suburb, came in at No. 1 with a median home sale price of nearly $6.7 million. In Los Angeles, Beverly Hills (90210) finished at No. 2 with a $4.08 million median home sale price.

More than two-thirds of the priciest ZIP codes identified are in California. Only 15 states make up the entirety of the list, with 18 ZIP codes holding a median sale price of over $3 million.

ZIP codes with fewer than five closed sales between the study time frame were not considered, according to the methodology. The full report from Property Club is available on its website.

Gus Saltonstall contributed to this report.

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