An outdoor dining space in Brown Deer planned to reopen Sept. 3 under the management of a popular Glendale restaurant.
The Brick Pub and Grill, 6343 N. Green Bay Ave., will bring a full-service bar, live music and a rotating list of food trucks to a “shipping container park” that opened last year in a former parking lot at 4429 W. River Lane.
The village of Brown Deer leased the space last year on a three-year contract to Containers Up, a company that provides refurbished shipping containers for pop-up shops and events.
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In its first year, Containers Park brought in Corvina Wine Co. from West Allis and Stock House Brewing from Wauwatosa.
This year, Containers Up formed a partnership with The Brick Pub and Grill, which has re-branded the space as The Brick Yard Oasis.
The Brick Yard Oasis will not sell food — only drinks and ice cream treats — but it will host a rotating list of food trucks, usually two at a time. The owners also plan to bring in musicians to perform inside one of the shipping containers every night.
The Brick Yard Oasis will be open evenings on Thursday and Friday, day and night on Saturday, and days on Sunday. The Oasis will continue to operate until the weather becomes too cold.
Since last year, Containers Up has put some money into remodeling the formerly blighted parking lot. The company put down crushed stone, graded the surface and worked with the city to get electrical service, reducing the need for noisy generators except for bigger music performances.
Containers Up has also added picnic tables, bike racks and an area where people can play bags.
Containers Up owner Lyle Stoflet said he reached out to The Brick because they are active in the community and have built a following during their four years in business.
Chelsea Hren, who owns The Brick with her husband, Tim Hren, said their decision to expand was not driven by a loss in sales due to the coronavirus pandemic. She said their customers have been supportive, patronizing the restaurant through patio dining and curbside pickup.
Hren said they were excited by the location, as it is adjacent to the Oak Leaf Trail and visible from Brown Deer Road.
“We were there on Saturday getting ready, and we handed out 60 business cards before we ran out,” she said. “People were excited about it.”
For more information, including a schedule of food trucks and live music, visit www.thebrickyardoasis.com.
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A Glendale restaurant is bringing a full-service bar and food trucks to Brown Deer’s container park