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Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub on Madison's Far West Side is closing while the company's five other Wisconsin locations will remain open. The company reported plans for a Columbus restaurant in the future. 


Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub on Madison's Far West Side is closing after business hours on Friday due to the redevelopment of the property, said a representative of the company.

The five other locations of the Wisconsin chain will remain open, said district manager Rodney Jayroe.

Jayroe said he wasn't able to discuss whether the company is or will be looking for another Madison location.

"Our company is still strong and growing," he said. 

Sprecher's Brewery got its start in Milwaukee in 1985, but the first namesake restaurant opened in Madison more than eight years ago. The restaurant-pubs aren't owned by the brewery, but Sprecher's German-themed beers and sodas are prominently featured.

The Madison Sprecher's, at 1262 John Q. Hammons Drive, which previously housed Houlihan's, is known for its enormous patio. 

"We've really enjoyed serving the Madison and Middleton community over the past few years," Jayroe said. "We've enjoyed all of our guests who have come through our doors and the support they've given us to raise almost $100,000 for charitable donations."

The other Sprecher's Restaurant & Pubs are located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Dells, Glendale, Sheboygan and Watertown. A "future new concept location" is still on track for  Columbus.

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