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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Ordinary in New Haven reopening its doors for phase 3 with remodeled interior

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan starts Thursday. For a lot of restaurants, they will now be able to sit up to 75% capacity. 

Ordinary in New Haven will be opening its doors for the first time since March. Customers will be back in the dining area after eight months away. 

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Owner Tim Cabral told News 8 he could have opened the doors back in Phase Two, but took the additional time to remodel the inside, “With the world shutting down the way it did, we figured we would look to renovate our space not only for this time but a forward level thinking for our future.” 

They took the state-mandated safety guidelines, and with the help of Restoration Woodworks, made them look a bit nicer.

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“We figured if we’re going to do it, let’s do it right, were going to do it the way we think is right,” Cabral tells us. 

The large horseshoe-shaped booths are divided by detailed oak boards stained to match the woodwork throughout the restaurant. 

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The restaurant is nearing its eighth year in the Elm City, “We’re trying to make an unordinary situation ordinary.”

Now, customers will be able to make reservations or walk-in. However, a new change is the way people will enter the restaurant. Instead of the main entrance off Chapel Street, the customers will now come in through the Taft Apartments on College and enter through the back door of Ordinary. 

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The original Dishoom in Covent Garden is finally reopening with a swish new look

Ten years back, the first Dishoom restaurant opened in Covent Garden. Modelled on the post-colonial ‘Irani cafés’ of Bombay, Dishoom became fast known for its bacon naan rolls and black dal – oh, and its queues – as its restaurant numbers grew in London and beyond. 

To mark its tenth birthday, the restaurant went in for a refurb, closing its doors to the public at the start of the year – little did it know its other branches would soon be doing the same thing. It was due to reopen bang on its birthday in the summer, but obviously this year got a little in the way. But now it has been announced that the very grand reopening will take place in ‘late autumn’ this year. 

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The new look still pays homage to Irani café heritage, but is also said to make reference to Bombay’s theatres and how they transformed to ‘Talkie’ cinemas in the 1940s. The design is said to reflect the faded elegance of the era – with Art Deco features and design remnants from earlier epochs – plus the ‘modernity, glamour and freedom’ that was expressed in early Bombay Talkie movies. We just like the chandeliers, tbh. 

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Expect the same all-day dishes, plus drinks in the Permit Room bar below. If it ain’t broke… 

Dishoom Covent Garden reopens in ‘late autumn’ at 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB.

Get ready for another new look at Pergola, which is getting decked with a winter forest of 200 trees.  

Can’t wait? Grab a Dishoom bacon naan roll kit for making at home.   

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White House pressured CDC on reopening schools, officials say

Washington — Top White House officials over the summer pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to downplay the risk of the coronavirus among young people and encourage the reopening of schools, according to two former CDC officials who were at the agency at the time.

The New York Times first reported that White House officials, including aides in Vice President Mike Pence’s office and Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force, were involved in trying to circumvent the CDC to promote data that showed the spread of the virus was slowing. The former CDC officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CBS News that the information in the Times report was accurate.

Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Pence who worked on the White House coronavirus task force, told the Times that she was repeatedly asked by Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, to produce more data showing a decline in cases in young people. Troye left the White House in August and has since become a vocal critic of the president and the administration’s coronavirus response.

The Times also reported that Birx pushed the CDC to include data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency inside the Department of Health and Human Services, which said that extended school closures could affect children’s mental health and argued that transmission of the virus among family members was low. The Times obtained an email from Birx to CDC Director Robert Redfield asking him to incorporate the document as “background” in CDC guidance for reopening schools.

President Trump over the summer repeatedly argued that schools should be reopened for in-person learning. At an event in July, he said “we want to get them open quickly, beautifully, in the fall.”


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A second former CDC official involved in writing the guidelines told CBS News that Birx was influential in shaping the message surrounding schools reopening, and pushed to focus on the risk factors involved for kids if they stayed home instead of the risks linked to going back to class. This official said that the White House was “slicing and dicing our data to fit its narrative.”

This person said that CDC scientists were most alarmed by the “preamble” to guidance posted on the website, which stressed the potential negative impact on children if schools did not reopen quickly. While the CDC had incorporated some of the data about that into their own guidelines, they were against making it the top focus.

Brian Morgenstern, the White House deputy press secretary, said in a statement to CBS News that the president “relies on the advice of all of his top health officials who agree that it is in the public health interest to safely reopen schools, and that the relative risks posed by the virus to young people are outweighed by the risks of keeping children out of school indefinitely.”

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White House Officials Pushed CDC to Downplay Risks of Reopening Schools

Top White House officials pushed the CDC to minimize the dangers of COVID-19 for young people and pressured schools to reopen this summer.

Two former CDC officials tell The New York Times that White House officials, like aides in Mike Pence’s office and Dr. Deborah Birx—the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force—were attempting to bypass the CDC to boost data that showed the virus’ spread was slowing down. While the identities of the former CDC officials remained anonymous, they confirmed to CBS News that The Times report was true.

Former Pence adviser Olivia Troye, who worked on the White House coronavirus task force, told The Times that Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, frequently asked her to create more data that showed a drop in cases among young people. Troye ultimately left her post in August and has now become a Trump detractor and outwardly critical of how the administration handled the pandemic.

According to The Times, Birx urged the CDC to promote data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—part of the Department of Health and Human Services—which said that prolonged school closings could impact children’s mental health and asserted that the virus’ spread in families was low. In an email from Birx to CDC Director Robert Redfield, Birx asks him to include the document as “background” in CDC guidance for school reopenings.

A second former CDC official said that Birx spearheaded the message for school reopenings, which centered on the dangers of kids staying at home rather than reentering the classroom. This official said that the White House was “slicing and dicing our data to fit its narrative.”

This official also said that CDC scientists were frightened by the “preamble” to guidance shared on the website, which emphasized the possible negative impact that delayed school openings could have. The CDC had used some of that data for its own guidelines, but it wasn’t the focal point.

Brian Morgenstern, the White House deputy press secretary, told CBS that the president “relies on the advice of all of his top health officials who agree that it is in the public health interest to safely reopen schools, and that the relative risks posed by the virus to young people are outweighed by the risks of keeping children out of school indefinitely.”

A White House official boasted about Birx’s close relationship with Redfield, telling CBS that “the notion that Dr. Birx was ‘pressuring’ Dr. Redfield to do something he didn’t agree with seems preposterous on its face.”

“A conversation or comments exchanged between friends and colleagues is hardly some sort of politically-charged demand,” the official added.

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White House pressured CDC on reopening schools, report says

Washington — Top White House officials over the summer pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to downplay the risk of the coronavirus among young people and encourage the reopening of schools, according to a former CDC official who was at the agency at the time.

The New York Times first reported that White House officials, including officials in Vice President Mike Pence’s office and Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force, were involved in trying to circumvent the CDC to promote data that showed the spread of the virus was slowing. The former CDC official told CBS News that the information in the Times report was accurate.

Olivia Troye, a former member of Pence’s staff, told the Times that she was repeatedly asked by Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, to produce more data showing a decline in cases in young people.

The Times also reported that Birx pushed the CDC to include data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency inside the Department of Health and Human Services, which said that extended school closures could affect children’s mental health and argued that transmission of the virus among family members was low. The Times obtained an email from Birx to CDC Director Robert Redfield asking him to incorporate the document as “background” in CDC guidance for reopening schools.

President Trump over the summer repeatedly argued that schools should be reopened for in-person learning. At an event in July, he said “we want to get them open quickly, beautifully, in the fall.”

Another former CDC official involved in writing the guidelines told CBS News that Birx was influential in shaping the message surrounding schools reopening, and pushed to focus on the risk factors involved for kids if they stayed home instead of the risks linked to going back to class. This official said that the White House was “slicing and dicing our data to fit its narrative.”

This official said that CDC scientists were most alarmed by the “preamble” to the guidance that was posted on the website, the document that stressed the potential negative impact on children if schools did not reopen quickly. While the CDC had incorporated some of the data about that into their own guidelines, they were against making it the top focus.

Brian Morgenstern, the White House deputy press secretary, said in a statement to CBS News that the president “relies on the advice of all of his top health officials who agree that it is in the public health interest to safely reopen schools, and that the relative risks posed by the virus to young people are outweighed by the risks of keeping children out of school indefinitely.”

A White House official touted Birx’s close relationship with Redfield, telling CBS News that “the notion that Dr. Birx was ‘pressuring’ Dr. Redfield to do something he didn’t agree with seems preposterous on its face.”

“A conversation or comments exchanged between friends and colleagues is

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White House Rolls Out Tons More COVID Tests to Juice Reopening

President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration would hand out 100 million coronavirus tests to states across the country, free of charge, for community distribution but stressed state leaders should use the additional resources to reopen schools.

The administration plans to ship the Abbott BinaxNOW point of care tests in batches and will distribute them on a per capita basis, according to officials working with the White House coronavirus task force. It’s unclear which states will receive the tests first

In a private call on Monday morning, Vice President Mike Pence pleaded with governors directly, saying that while they are free to use the tests as they see fit, the administration is distributing the tests with the “hope” that state leaders use them to reopening of schools.

The testing rollout comes as scientists, including those working with Trump’s own coronavirus task force, warn that Americans could face a significant risk in the upcoming months if governors continue to allow their residents to socialize in crowded indoor settings, including bars and restaurants, and if they do not adequately control the spread of the virus on college campuses. Even Pence, the leader of the task force, said Americans should expect the situation to worsen in the coming weeks. “Cases will rise in the days ahead,” he told reporters Monday in the Rose Garden.

Despite those warnings, Trump and his advisers in the White House continue to downplay fears of another COVID19 wave by overpromising the reach of the new infusion of testing supplies. Trump has repeatedly told the American people that a vaccine is just around a corner even as top officials say the public will not have access to the remedy until well into next year. On Monday, Trump deployed a similar tactic, saying his administration would send 100 million new COVID19 tests to help governors safely keep students in the classroom, a move he hailed as a significant accomplishment. But officials working on that effort said states would receive only 6.5 million tests in the first round and gave no indication of when the other 94.5 million tests would be distributed.

Trump has consistently praised his administration’s coronavirus response even as the nation’s death toll has climbed past 200,000 and his handling of the pandemic has been heavily scrutinized by officials. The president has also proudly flouted state’s coronavirus restrictions as he returned to full-fledged rallies in recent weeks.

That disregard for state restrictions has been further coupled with him continuing to lash out at Democratic led states, demanding that they reopen even though the virus continues to spread and kill.

The president continued that approach Monday when it came to “lockdowns,” saying such a move “can be very harmful.”

“And we have too many states that are locked down right now, the governors are, nobody knows what the governors are doing actually,” Trump said during his speech.

Trump’s message was echoed, as usual, by Pence. After touting the improving coronavirus situations in the sun belt states that

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PMC garden department against re-opening public gardens as residents question decision – pune news

Despite a growing demand to re-open the public gardens across the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is firm on keeping it shut as a preventive measure in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

PMC garden department head Ashok Ghorpade said, “Mainly senior citizens and children visit gardens. Both are vulnerable age groups in the current Covid-19 situation. Two months ago, the PMC opened 13 gardens for exercise, but the experience was bad. Considering the present situation, it is not possible to open public gardens.”

According to Ghorpade, the state government’s government resolution (GR) is very clear and it has banned the opening of the public gardens.

“No other municipal corporation in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, has opened public gardens yet,” Ghorpade said.

“If gardens reopen, it could become hotspots as people will begin using the benches, play with toys and also use the exercise equipment in open gyms.

Activities like yoga and laughing clubs are carried out in gardens, where social distance is not followed,” he added.

The PMC opened 13 gardens on a pilot basis in Pune for exercise purposes in June. Residents began using open gym equipment, visiting gardens without masks and did not maintain social distance.

Against this background, there is no preparedness by the garden department to reopen the gardens.

Ravindra Joshi, a resident of Sahakanagar said, “Hundreds of people are visiting Taljai hill and other areas. If citizens are allowed to exercise on the hills, what is the problem in opening the public gardens?”

Another citizen, Ratnamala Shah said, “Due to the Covid situation, citizens are sitting at home and are bored. If they would go in the open air and do some exercise it would help. It is true that citizens did not follow the rules, but garden employees can warn them to use masks all the time while they are present in the garden. In any case, citizens are walking on busy roads, instead, they would use the garden.”

Avinash Kute, a resident said, “I used to go to the garden every morning. Now I am missing it. As everything is opening up, the garden should also open for the public but it should be strictly kept open for exercise and walking purposes.”

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Trillium Beer Garden reopening on Greenway

The Trillium Garden on The Greenway in Boston is reopening this weekend, but it will look very different than in previous years.



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Trillium says they’re offering a 100% contactless ordering for food and beer, social distancing and cleanliness protocols. Tables will be spaced a minimum 6 feet apart and party sizes are limited to six.


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Under current state and municipal regulations, customers are required to order food from one of the on-site Greenway food trucks.

The beer garden will be open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6p.m., weather permitting.

Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance via resy.com.

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Bista prod to Tea Board for garden reopening

On the subsidy provided to tea estates by the board, the MP said the subsidy should be based not on geographical area

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Darjeeling BJP MP Raju Bista has sought the immediate intervention of the Tea Board of India — the apex agency that controls the sector and functions under the Union commerce ministry — to settle some of the pending issues of the industry that several party leaders had promised to resolve, but didn’t.

Bista has flagged these issues at a recent meeting of the board, of which he is a member.

“I have asked Tea Board officials to prepare a contour to restore sick and closed tea gardens and reminded the members that according to a report of the United Tea Workers’ Front in 2017, over 1,000 labourers had died from malnutrition and hunger in Bengal between 2002 and 2014 when 23 tea gardens were closed. Also, it had left more than one lakh workers unemployed. A number of tea gardens are also closed in the (Darjeeling) hills, and thousands are in acute economic crisis. This situation needs to change,” said Bista.

In recent months, this is the first time that the MP has raised these issues before the Tea Board.

BJP leaders like Nirmala Sitharaman had promised ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls that efforts would be made to reopen the closed estates.

At the meeting, Bista also demanded that the Tea Board extend all possible help and support to the small tea growers. In India, the small tea sector — comprising thousands of first generation cultivators — has fast emerged as a new avenue for employment in rural pockets of the tea-producing districts.

In fact, for the past couple of years, the small tea sector has been contributing around half of the total tea produced in India in a year.

“There are many tea gardens in the Darjeeling hills, Terai and the Dooars which have not submitted their share of provident fund with the EPFO. This has left the future of a large number of workers at risk. It is time that the Tea Board takes the right move to improve the situation,” said Bista.

On the subsidy provided to tea estates by the board, the MP said the subsidy should be based not on geographical area.

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