The Dynamic Duo Earlier this year, Omar Shaikh could barely contain his excitement about SURG Restaurant Group’s plans for the former Charro Restaurant (17800 W. Blue Mound Rd., Brookfield). He said it was going to be big. As SURG revealed yesterday, the restaurant-to-be, called 8*twelve, is a partnership between the restaurant group (which operates Umami […]

The Dynamic Duo
Earlier this year, Omar Shaikh could barely contain his excitement about SURG Restaurant Group’s plans for the former Charro Restaurant (17800 W. Blue Mound Rd., Brookfield). He said it was going to be big. As SURG revealed yesterday, the restaurant-to-be, called 8*twelve, is a partnership between the restaurant group (which operates Umami Moto and Ryan Braun’s Graffito, among other establishments) and two Wisconsin sports stars – Milwaukee Brewers left-fielder Braun and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. According to SURG, the duo “had a hand in developing” 8*twelve’s concept. Regarding the interior part of that concept, beyond displaying sports memorabilia and offering big-screen TVs, I don’t know what other visual pleasures await. And I must wait – until June, the projected opening month. As for the menu of American-style cuisine, executive chef Aaron Patin shared some potential menu items – a Caesar salad prepared tableside; a butter burger on a house-made pretzel roll; roast pork loin sandwich; smoked BBQ brisket with Texas toast and baked beans; and sirloin steak frites. Another menu component would include steaks and higher-priced fare. For dessert, Patin mentions a menagerie of cream and fruit pies. More? Coming. And are you curious about the name? Beyond the references to the players’ team numbers? Read Sports Nut Howie Magner’s take on it in the Daily Mil.

Beard, At a Glance
Last night, if you were chained to your Twitter feed, you might have learned who took home the Best Midwest Chef honors in the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards. And that chef is… Tory Miller, co-owner of Madison’s L’Etoile. Miller’s fellow finalists included Justin Aprahamian, chef de cuisine of Milwaukee’s Sanford Restaurant. The few Wisconsin names in the awards aside, you’d probably expect culinary kingpins like Wolfgang Puck to take home an award. (This year, Puck’s was for Lifetime Achievement.) Charlie Trotter, a UW-Madison political science grad who opened his eponymously named restaurant in Chicago 25 years ago, picked up the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Trotter announced that the restaurant will close in August, at which point he plans to pursue a master’s degree. My pick for the coolest award winner? Christina Tosi, pastry chef for NYC’s Momofuku Milk Bar, went home with the Beard for Rising Star Chef of the Year. There must be something to that Momofuku “crack pie.”

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by Nick Bullock Ryan Braun | OF As of Opening Day 2010, Braun had the seventh-most home runs of any Jewish major leaguer (103). He also had the second-highest career batting average of any Jewish major leaguer (.308). In June 2009, Braun bought a foreclosed home in Malibu for $4.85 million. Prince Fielder | 1B […]

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Ryan Braun | OF
As of Opening Day 2010, Braun had the seventh-most home runs of any Jewish major leaguer (103). He also had the second-highest career batting average of any Jewish major leaguer (.308).

In June 2009, Braun bought a foreclosed home in Malibu for $4.85 million.


Prince Fielder | 1B
Fielder became a vegetarian in February 2008 after his wife, Chanel, gave him a book describing the cruel treatment of animals before they are slaughtered. He still tips the scales at 268 pounds.

In 2007, Fielder became the youngest player in MLB history to hit 50 home runs.


Yovani Gallardo | SP
He and wife Patricia have a son named Yovani Jr.

On April 8, 2009, he became the first pitcher to ever hit a home run off Randy Johnson.



Rickie Weeks | 2B
Set an NCAA Division I record with a .473 career batting average.

In April 2009, Weeks was voted “Sexiest Baseball Player” by Cosmopolitan magazine.



Alcides Escobar | SS
Escobar is a table tennis fanatic.

He admits skipping class “all the time” to play baseball when he lived in La Sabana, Venezuela. He even hid his glove when he left home to go to school.



Trevor Hoffman | RP
His 89.3 career save percentage (591 for 662) after the 2009 season trailed only Mariano Rivera (89.5 percent, 526 for 588) among active players.

His wife, Tracy, was a former Buffalo Bills cheerleader. Trevor proposed to her in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXVII in 1993 by holding up a sign that read, “Hey, Tracy, will you marry me? Trevor.”

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Randy Wolf | SP
During his junior season at El Camino Real (Calif.) High School, he threw a no-hitter and perfect game in consecutive starts.

Wolf’s older brother Jim is an MLB umpire and is not allowed to work behind the plate of regular-season games involving Randy.



Casey McGehee | 3B
Favorite musicians: Bob Marley, Sublime.

At Soquel High School, McGehee was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and a two-year letter winner in basketball.



Craig Counsell | INF
Craig’s father, John, was an outfielder for the Minnesota Twins from 1964 to 1968.

In Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, he scored the game-winning run for the Florida Marlins in the bottom of the 11th. His game-worn spikes are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

In 2007, the Whitefish Bay resident played a part in the Milwaukee Ballet’s Nutty Nutcracker.

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