Back in January, Vintage Brewing Company announced plans to open a fourth location on East Washington Avenue. Now we’ve got a few more details on the project, as well as a brand spankin’ new name.
According to The Capital Times, a “restaurant, private dining area, bar and outdoor dining area” called Tangent is proposed for the Gebhardt Building, which is currently under construction. The not-a-brewpub (more on that in a bit) will provide a more “upscale” menu than Vintage’s mostly bar food format, co-owner Mark Kraemer told the Wisconsin State Journal.
And although Kraemer says Vintage “has built a decent brand around the city,” his younger partners pushed for the Tangent name, which I guess makes Kraemer himself “vintage.”
“We’re going with Tangent,” he said, “because we are going to have a new line of beers.” Alright, well that sort of answers that.
Tangent will be a departure in name and upscaliness and also because the beer won’t be brewed on site but instead will be brought in from Vintage’s Sauk City and Whitney Way locations. This means Tangent won’t actually a “brewpub” as initially proposed, because by definition a brewpub must brew beer on-site. Don’t say I never taught you anything.
The State Journal says neighbors were initially concerned about the 21+ entertainment license Tangent has applied for, thinking it spelled “nightclub” (nevermind the 2,500-seat music venue next door, which has already booked two metal bands.) According to Kraemer, the license is nothing more than a technicality.
For example, he says, it’s in case a private party wants to bring in a DJ, or if a Sylvee performer wants to “mess around with a guitar,” which surely means that my dude Kurt Vile will be treating dinner guests to an impromptu set this December.
No opening date is set yet, but a neighborhood meeting on the proposal is scheduled for this Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in the second-floor community room at Festival Foods.