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Freiburg Gastropub

Freiburg Gastropub on Monroe Street is set to close in mid-April.

JOHN HART -- State Journal

Freiburg Gastropub, named after the longtime Madison sister city in Germany, will close next month after almost three years, its owner said.

Jack Sosnowski, who operates Freiburg at 2616 Monroe St., with his wife, Julie, said they had an offer, which they accepted, and a restaurant called Tin Fox is set to open in its place.

The building's landlord said the owners of Tin Fox have yet to sign a lease.

Paperwork filed with the city shows that Tin Fox will be run by Marissa Neal and Greg Neal from Beloit and intends to offer "downtown dining at your doorstep," with "a unique and edgy dining experience" as its goal.

A sample menu shows appetizers including lamb tartare, tempura cauliflower and wild boar meatballs; soups; salads; and entrees like root vegetable gratin, spiced duck and "cast iron pork belly."

For customers looking to have one more wiener schnitzel or Friday night rainbow trout, Sosnowski said it will be "business as usual with Freiburg until mid-April," when the new owners are expected to take over.

Sosnowski said that tentatively April 8 may be Freiburg's last day, and he has thoughts of possibly relocating the restaurant.

He didn't want to speculate about why the restaurant, which opened in the summer of 2015, is closing. "I wouldn't say it didn't work. We just got a good offer on it and I have a lot on my plate," Sosnowski said via text message.

Freiburg was created out of three former storefronts, including one of the oldest buildings on Monroe Street. Its high-ceilings and motif feel convincingly like an upscale German beer bar and restaurant.

Sosnowski said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

"I would like to do another German concept sometime soon," he said. "The food is great."

A partner in the restaurant, Stephen Weber, said he parted ways with Sosnowski last year.

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