MILWAUKEE - For
nearly four decades, the corner of North Avenue and Farwell has been
the home of the German-centric bar Von Trier. In early 2018, Von
Trier will undergo major renovations to better serve the evolving
East Side neighborhood and reopen as an upscale, classic cocktail
lounge with a mid-century vibe.
Prior to 1978,
when German-born Karl Lotharius first purchased the bar and
transformed it into a German-inspired pub, the Von Trier location
was home to Rieder's, a high-end, East Side institution. Current Von
Trier owners John and Cindy Sidoff are looking to once again
reinvent the site with a nod to the bar's mid-century roots.
Avenue neighborhood has been going through a period of change for
the last five years," John Sidoff said. "While our original intent
was to maintain Von Trier through retirement, the reality is,
despite discussions with many Milwaukee bar/restaurant owners, there
is little interest in taking over the bar and continuing the
evolution of the bar will better support the evolving clientele and
businesses of the North Avenue district."
Von Trier will
remain open through the holiday season, showcasing its popular
Christmas Village one last time. Von Trier will host an online
auction with Gerlach Auctions listing the bar's collection of
memorabilia, including authentic beer steins, one-of-a-kind wood
carvings and the historic Colnik chandelier.
information on the Von Trier auction, visit