New restaurant coming to Bay View
The Vanguard plans to open this summer on Kinnickinnic Avenue

By DWAYNE BUTLER - Post Editor

April 11, 2014

MILWAUKEE – The Vanguard, a locally owned neighborhood restaurant and bar, will open in the 2600 block of South Kinnickinnic Avenue this summer.

The Vanguard will offer an elevated approach to Milwaukee’s beer and brat tradition with housemade sausages, while the casual space pays homage to Milwaukee’s corner bar environment, according to a release.

Owners and Milwaukee residents Jim McCann and Chris Schulist have been working on the Vanguard idea for quite some time.

"We wanted to open a place with unique gourmet options in a friendly and fun bar atmosphere. We decided that sausages and brats were perfect for the concept because it is such a versatile food," McCann said in a news release.

The Vanguard’s chef-created menu will focus on innovative sausages and brats ranging from familiar favorites, to vegetarian, to the adventurous. The menu is paired with an extensive drink program.

McCann is a partner at the Michelin Star-awarded Longman & Eagle gastropub restaurant, where he performed the duties of bar manager, beverage director and head bartender for more than two and a half years from its inception. McCann also previously managed Delilah’s for over nine years.

"Chris and I have been close friends for over 15 years, and we have always talked about running a bar together. Now as a Bay View resident, I am so excited that we get to fulfill our dream in our very own neighborhood," McCann said.

Schulist has lived in Milwaukee his entire life and has been a part of the local Milwaukee music scene as a member of many local bands, and as a fixture of Milwaukee music venue the Cactus Club for more than 13 years.

"I have always dreamed of owning my own bar in Milwaukee. I love it here. I grew up on the north side, lived on the east side and Riverwest throughout college, and moved to Bay View a few years after starting work at the Cactus Club in the early 2000s. I have lived in Bay View for over 10 years now, and I recently bought a home here. I am very excited to open a place in one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of Milwaukee," he said.

McCann and Schulist said they have hired Shay Linkus to head their kitchen.

"We are really excited about our menu. Shay has been really creative with the concept and has even added a full Poutine menu and lots of other interesting options," Schulist said.

"The Vanguard fills a niche in the ever growing Milwaukee bar and restaurant scene," Schulist added. "There are not a lot of places for quick takeout and late night food options, so we hope to be a welcomed addition to the Bay View community. With interesting food, eclectic music, and conversation over great drinks, we hope to have something for everyone."

"Seeing our dream become a reality was a team effort," McCann said.

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