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Lakefront Brewery: Packed beer hall turns to curbside fish fry spot

Posted at 9:58 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 23:23:50-04

MILWAUKEE — Usually, on Friday night, the beer hall at Lakefront Brewery is packed with customers listening to polka music and enjoying a fish fry. Now you have to pick it up at the door.

"It's very sad that we have to do this," says the owner, Russ Klisch. "Everybody understands that they have to do their social distancing and all, but we would just love to get back to where we were."

He was one of the first businesses to close before Governor Evers enacted the 'Safer at Home' policies.

"I received a report, and the report talked about how people have the condition but were asymptomatic, and they didn't know they had it, but they could still spread it," he explains. "From the number of cases in Milwaukee, I could tell it was gonna start to explode here, so with us being a very packed beer hall on a Friday night, I didn't think this was a good combination. I decided to go ahead and take the lead and close things down."

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