MILWAUKEE- SURG Restaurant Group President Omar Shaikh told CBS 58 on Monday that it was difficult to cut ties with Brewers suspended outfielder Ryan Braun.
On September 5, Shaikh announced that it decided to end its business relationship with Braun.
"I think the fact that it was unexpected was the toughest part," Shaikh said."It was a difficult decision because we had a personal relationship, but at the end of the day we made a decision based on what was best for our business."
He added that he's optimistic about SURG's post Braun future.
Since cutting ties with the former NL MVP he said SURG has been working on the new plans for the latest restaurant HOM which will replace 8-Twelve.(The partnership between SURG, Braun, and Aaron Rodgers.)
According to Shaikh, Rodgers will still be involved with the SURG group, in more of a face capacity and with charitable events, rather than lending his name to an individual restaurant. Something the SURG group, admittedly, didn't want.
Shaikh told CBS 58 that he has personally forgiven Ryan Braun.
Renovations on the HOM wood fired grill are expected to be completed in the nest 30 days and a new menu will debut on October 7th.
The restaurant will focus on homegrown food and drinks.
Ryan Braun's Graffito will be open until the end of 2013 to honor its pre-existing obligations to its customers and employees, but will close its doors after the holiday season.
Ryan Braun's name will be removed from the restaurant.
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