GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Downtown Green Bay had another big ribbon cutting Tuesday, as Hagemeister Park Restaurant opened its doors to the public.
Hagemeister Park is on the CityDeck on the east bank of the Fox River.
"Back from 1899 to 1923, it was the entertainment mecca of northeastern Wisconsin, specifically Green Bay," says Managing Partner Jess Miller.
The park hosted everything, like the Green Bay Packers from 1919 to 1922, Green Bay's first minor league baseball team from 1905 through 1914, the first 17 games of the Green Bay East-West high school football rivalry, a movie theater, brewery, and an armory.
The 9,000-square foot restaurant now features some of historic photos of the old days, complete with captions by Cliff Christl.
"We just kind of wanted to bring that history back," says Miller. "Make the whole look of the building industrial-looking and kind of tell a story."
But Hagemeister Park Restaurant has modern amenities also, like a 4,000-square foot heated patio, a 50 foot bar and several meeting rooms.
Miller dubs it a, "a family-friendly yet stylish casual pub" which features homemade pretzels, sandwiches, burgers, and German favorites like Weiner Schnitzel and a Braised Pork Shank. The bar includes draft beers from Hinterland, Titletown and other state craft brewers, as well as wines from local vintners Parallel 44, Captain's Walk and Stone's Throw.
The full menu can be viewed here.
While the historic aspect of Hagemeister Park Restaurant certainly is a draw, Miller says it's also about the location.
"The CityDeck is what really got us down here," Miller says. "With the Fox River Trail and the CityDeck, that's gonna make this area the center of downtown again."