Owner of Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa says he won't follow 'Safer at Home' extension

Posted at 10:35 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 18:49:19-04

WAUWATOSA — One local bar and restaurant owner announced that he will not be following Gov. Tony Evers' Safer at Home order extension.

According to a public Facebook post, he will reopen his establishments when the order was initially supposed to end on April 24.

Dan Zierath, the owner of Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa, posted on Facebook Saturday saying he will not abide by Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home order extension.

"There is nothing going on in our state," Zierath said in the post. "Hospitals are empty and the death rate is less than minimal. Yes there are a couple of ZIP codes in Milwaukee that are a little worse but that's because they didn't follow the rules like the rest of us."

On Thursday, Governor Evers extended the order through May 26 instead of the initial April 24. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Brookfield Square Mall Saturday to protest the extension.

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In his post, Zierath says "it's time" to reopen, and anyone who isn't "comfy with comfortable, then by all means stay home until this thing passes."

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Zierath also owns Thirsty Duck in Wauwatosa and Sussex. It is unclear if he plans to open either of these locations.

In addition to the two Thirsty Duck locations, and Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, Zierath also owns Zister's in Elm Grove with his two daughters.

Those two daughters shared a post on the Zister's Facebook page stating they will be following the Governor's order and will not reopen.

Captain Zalewski from Wauwatosa PD told our Lauren Linder, "If or when something like that were to occur, police would address the specific situation at that time."

Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub is under different ownership than Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub Downtown, in Milwaukee.

TMJ4 News has reached out to Zierath for a statement and will update this story when we learn more.

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