Soon-to-Open Company Brewing Splits With Bavette Owner

Facing a conflict related to obtaining a liquor license, the Riverwest brewpub will move forward with a different chef.

Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.), projected to open in a few weeks, has made a major ownership change, per a press release from founder/brewmaster George Bregar. The former Colectivo director of coffee has parted ways with chef/partner Karen Bell (of the Third Ward’s Bavette butcher shop/restaurant) because of problems related to obtaining a brewpub permit. Apparently, a state of Wisconsin statute would prohibit Bell from holding a liquor license for both a brewpub or brewery and another business. (She holds a liquor license for Bavette.) Consequently, Bell has decided to “regretfully step away,” Bregar wrote in the release. He added that she will help recruit a chef and kitchen staff for Company Brewing.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.