September 05. 2013 4:00PM - Last modified: September 05. 2013 5:00PM

SURG Restaurant Group to end business relationship with Braun

  
SURG Restaurant Group today announced that it has decided to end its business relationship with Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, who earlier this year admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and accepted a suspension for the remainder of the 2013 baseball season.


SURG said it will keep Ryan Braun's Graffito, located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, open until the end of this year to honor its pre-existing obligations to its customers and employees, but will close the restaurant after the holiday season. Braun's name will be removed from the restaurant.

SURG also said it will change the name of the 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in Brookfield and its planned Bayshore Town Center restaurant, which also had been slated to be another 8-Twelve location.

"We've appreciated the relationship we had with Ryan over the last several years, and the entire SURG family wishes him success in the future," said Michael Polaski, CEO and co-owner of SURG Restaurant Group.

In a news release from SURG, Braun said he supported SURG's decision and said, "best of luck to the SURG Restaurant Group as it continues to grow."

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will continue his relationship with the restaurant group, with a focus on community relations and charitable activities, Polaski said.

Omar Shaikh, SURG president and co-owner, praised restaurant customers and employees who have supported the company.

"Our employees and customers have been nothing short of fantastic," Shaikh said. "They understand that our restaurants are about quality food, customer service and a great experience. We are grateful and proud to be an active part of this wonderful community, and we look forward to the future with optimism, particularly with the opportunity to introduce and re-brand two, new exciting restaurant experiences."

Shaikh said that plans for the new concept for 8-Twelve are still evolving. He said both of the restaurants will focus on locally sourced products, including beef and pork from Polaski's Hidden Creek Farms in New London.

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