The world Ryan Braun built for himself has come crumbling down in the aftermath of the exposure of his PED use. Now corporate America is backing out of deals with the Milwaukee Brewer’s slugger, removing his name from two restaurants he had been affiliated with.
Thursday, the SURG restaurant group, who manages several establishments in Wisconsin, announced it no longer will be working with Braun. Two restaurants in Milwaukee currently have Braun’s name on them, both will be removed at the end of the year.
Co-owner and CEO of SURG Michael Polaski released a statement explaining the company’s decision.”We’ve appreciated the relationship we had with Ryan over the last several years, and the entire SURG family wishes him success in the future.”
Ryan Braun’s Graffito Restaurant, an Italian place, will remain open until the end of the year out of respect for customers and employees.
8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill, named after Braun and Green Bay Packer’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers numbers, will remove Braun’s affiliation from the name. SURG has no plans to remove its deal with Rodgers. Plans are in the works to open a second location of 8-Twelve this fall.
Ryan Braun wished the “best of luck to the SURG Restaurant Group as it continues to grow,” in a statement following the announcement.
Hardly the first deal to fall through since his 65 game suspension, the restaurant deal was perhaps the last Braun had to lose. Convenience store chain Kwik Trip has already pulled out of a deal with Braun. A shoe deal with Nike also fell through.
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