Vanguard set to open in Bay View this summer

Special to The Freeman

April 4, 2014

BAY VIEW – The Vanguard, a locally-owned neighborhood restaurant and bar, will open in Bay View this summer.

According to a statement, the restaurant on Kinnickinnic Avenue will offer an elevated approach to Milwaukee's beer and brat tradition by specializing in house-made sausages and incorporating a corner bar environment.

Owners Jim McCann and Chris Schulist have been working on the Vanguard idea for quite a while, the statement said.

“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.

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

The Vanguard will be open from 11 to 2 a.m.

"The Vanguard fills a niche in the ever growing Milwaukee bar and restaurant scene,” Schulist said. “There are not a lot of places for quick take-out 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.”