Brothers Bar Expansion Takes Shape
Water Street bar will soon span three buildings, each a century old.
If you had to close a bar for renovations, doing so amidst a global pandemic is as good a time as any to do it.
Milwaukee Moulding & Frame, 1215 N. Water St., closed in December 2018 after over six decades in the 4,420-square-foot building. The brothers behind the name Brothers, doing business as Fortney, Fortney & Fortney LP, acquired the building and adjacent parking lot for $1 million in October 2019.
Brothers will now span three buildings, with a fourth structure, a small building for a commercial kitchen, added to the north of the row of buildings.
Minneapolis-based Tanek, which has previously worked with the 20-location chain, is leading the design work on the expansion according to city records. Borton Construction is leading the general contracting.
The new kitchen will allow the two-story bar to serve a full food menu for lunch and dinner. It’s placement at the rear of a surface parking lot also creates the space for an outdoor patio. A frame structure, unifying the street wall between the bar and Red Rock Saloon to the north, has been constructed.
A city building permit gives the cost of the entire project at $3.6 million. In addition to the new kitchen, work includes unifying the three spaces and adding new restrooms and a new elevator.
The Milwaukee Brothers location opened in 2006 replacing two bars, O’Danney’s and Oak Barrel. Brothers connected the two spaces on the interior.
It will now span three two-story buildings that, going north to south, date back to 1875, 1906 and 1880. None of the buildings are historically designated.
City records indicate the three existing buildings have a contained floor area of 10,538 square feet. The four properties, which have a combined address of 1209-1219 N. Water St., are assessed for $1.67 million.
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