German bar Von Trier, under new ownership, reopens Tuesday with a keg tapping
The east side German tavern Von Trier reopens Tuesday under new ownership, with a ceremonial keg tapping at 5 p.m.
The Black Gate restaurant group — which is Mark Zierath, co-owner of Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub downtown, and Brian Eft, co-owner of O'Brien's Irish Pub on the west side — bought Von Trier from John and Cindy Sidoff. The sale was final last week.
On Tuesday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will be on hand to tap a keg of Hofbrauhaus-Freising Jaegerbier, and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Von Trier is at 2235 N. Farwell Ave. It opens at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after being closed Sunday and Monday while the bar changed hands.
The new owners plan to expand the food menu, including adding a Friday fish fry, but that first will require an expanded kitchen. Zierath said in March that, aside from some food and cocktail-menu changes, Von Trier largely will remain the same.
Von Trier opened in 1978; the Sidoffs had owned it since 2009. John Sidoff said in March that he would be turning 68 in April and wanted to retire.