Four restaurants with roots in Northeast Wisconsin will be serving up their specialties when the Lambeau Field Atrium opens for the 2003 Green Bay Packers season. Packers Director of Atrium Business Development, Steve Klegon, announced today that Chili John's Café, Brett Favre's Two Minute Grill, the Meat Packing Co. and Fratello's Presto will be part of the Lambeau Field Atrium as game day and special events restaurants.
"Our goal all along was to find the right mix of restaurants for the Atrium and we think we've done that," Klegon said. "Fans will be impressed with the food choices they'll have when they come to the Atrium for a game, a community event or other special event. Chili John's is a hometown favorite, Brett Favre's gives us that Packers connection, while Fratello's and the Meat Packing Co. give us a Valley connection."
Like the Packers, Chili John's is a Green Bay tradition. The Chili John's history actually dates back to 1913, several years before the Packers started playing football in Green Bay. Chili John's Café in the Lambeau Field Atrium will continue that tradition; serving up its famous chili and more.
"We're excited to be part of the Lambeau Field Atrium," said Dan Hoehne, Chili John's owner. "We'll be serving up our signature chili, but will also offer specialty items and tailor them to a specific game or time of year."
Brett Favre's Two Minute Grill offers the Packers connection with a Southern flavor favored by the Packers' MVP quarterback. The Grill will be operated by the Bouna Companies, which operates Brett Favre's Steakhouse in Green Bay. The Two Minute Grill will serve up many of the favroites from the Steakhouse menu, including jambalaya, BBQ beef, steak sandwiches, brats, burgers and more.
"From the very start we knew this was going to be a special project and we wanted to be a part of it," said Jeff Whiteman of the Bouna Companies. "The Two Minute Grill will expand our reach in the Lambeau Field neighborhood and we're thrilled with the opportunities it presents."
Fratello's Presto and the Meat Packing Co. are both operated by Supple Restaurants, known throughout the Fox Valley for Fratello's Waterfront Brewery in Oshkosh and Fox River Brewing Co. in Appleton. The menu at Fratello's Presto will include their great pizza served personal size, as well as lasagna, chicken alfredo, white chicken chili and tiramasu. The Meat Packing Co. is described as a Wisconsin butcher shop meets a New York deli with serving sizes too big for anywhere else but Lambeau Field. Patrons will find oversized hot dogs, bratwurst, Polish sausage, roasted beef brisket and Flintstone-sized turkey legs.
"As season ticket holders for more than 30 years, the Supple family understands the legend, traditon and history of Lambeau Field," said Jay Supple, president of the Supple Restaurant Group. "We're very proud to be able to team up with the Packers and serve the fans at the Atrium."
The Lambeau Field Atrium is part of the $295 million redevelopment of Lambeau Field. The 365,000 square foot, five-story structure is designed as a year-round destination, offering meeting and event facilities, restaurants, an interactive fan zone, the Packers Pro Shop, the Packers Hall of Fame and other exciting features. There's seating for up to 770 for weddings and 500 for corporate events. For more information about booking events at the Lambeau Field Atrium, contact Dee Geurts-Bengtson at 920-496-5700, or visit www.packers.com.