When 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in Brookfield decided to make a much-publicized name change and split from Brewers' outfielder Ryan Braun, there was great speculation about its future. The Surg Restaurant group never missed a beat and chose the name Hom Woodfired Grill as its new identity. Hom (pronounced "home") also has been open during most of the remodeling and rebranding.
"The name signifies the home-grown movement," explains Omar Shaikh, co-owner and president of Surg. "We wanted to make a more hospitable environment, like walking into a home."
"Hom features the best elements of Wisconsin," Shaikh says. "We've partnered with local farms, fishermen, artisans and breweries to create an unbelievable menu."
The Hom menu, which debuted Oct. 9, is a unique twist on a variety of fresh, upscale and comfort foods. Although too early to know which will be Hom's signature items, Shaikh recommends the Bacon & Waffles Appetizer ($9), the Braised Bone-In Short Rib ($23) and the Pan Seared Scottish Salmon ($18).
Shaikh says that the bar area features a scaled-down menu and "everything Wisconsin," from the sports teams to the cities and towns throughout the state.
In the dining room, Shaikh says they're extremely excited about their menu: "We're really focusing on fresh items. It's a 'food first' concept that takes farm-to-table to a new level. People are really going to love it."
While Surg has cut ties with Braun, the entire restaurant group, not just the Brookfield location, will continue its relationship with Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, with whom Surg has a partnership.
NAME: Hom Woodfired Grill
ADDRESS: 17800 W. Bluemound Road
PHONE: (262) 641-5600
FARE: farm to table — American/Wisconsin
HOURS: Dinner — 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday; Lunch — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday
PRICE RANGE: $6-$35 (approximate)
HANDICAPPED ACCESS: yes
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: yes
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