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SURG Restaurant Group announces new name for Ryan Braun’s Waterfront

We first told you about Ryan Braun’s Waterfront Restaurant’s plan to temporarily close last December and that it would soon re-open under new management.

Today, SURG Restaurant Group (SURG), the new owners of the restaurant that carries Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun’s name, have announced a name change to the eatery. The establishment will now be called Ryan Braun’s Graffito (RBG) and will be open in plenty of time for the Brewers Opening Day.

“Once we decided on an innovative and fun Italian dining experience, we felt it was important to select a name that represented the new direction of the restaurant,” said SURG owner Mike Polaski. “The word ‘graffito’ can be traced back to ancient Rome where markings were left in tombs and catacombs, leaving lasting impressions of the culture from that era. We felt Ryan Braun’s Graffito will give dinners an indication of the ambiance and menu they can expect at the restaurant.”

Executive Chef Dominic Zumpano’s menu will showcase a wide range of Italian cuisine and feature the best available artisan products, as well as locally raised cattle and grown produce. Chef Zumpano kitchen will produce homemade breads, pastas, sauces and seasonings and SURG pastry chef, Kurt Fogel, will create a dessert menu exclusive to RBG.

“Guests who frequent SURG restaurants such as Carnevor Steakhouse, are aware of the level of service and hospitality we offer throughout our company,” said SURG owner Omar Shaikh. “The menu will feature small plates which will allow guests to sample numerous flavorful selections. We are giving our wine list special attention; making sure we have an extensive selection that will compliment the essence of our menu.”

Peabody’s Interiors is designing an atmosphere which will include exposed brick, distressed woods and other “raw” materials in the bar, main and private dining areas. The much-enjoyed patio will be open for business with changes expected to be completed by May.

SURG owners would like to remind guests that gift cards under the previous ownership will be honored at RBG.

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Ryan Braun’s Graffito

102 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

For more information about the restaurant, menus or to schedule a private party, visit or call 414-727-2888.

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