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New Bucks Arena Concessions to Highlight Local Fare

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Concession options at the upcoming Milwaukee Bucks arena are taking shape, and the venue will be putting a significant emphasis on local fare. 

With the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA season drawing closer, the Bucks are making plans for the offerings at their new downtown Milwaukee arena. That includes its food and beverages options, as the new Bucks arena concessions will serve a broad menu that places a heavy emphasis on local offerings.

Aside from MillerCoors products and beers from Wisconsin-based craft breweries, the arena will also feature a number of local eateries, providing companies the opportunity to showcase their products at the new venue. More from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

The plan is to feature large and small local food companies ranging from made-to-order pizzas developed by Palermo’s to Laughing Tacos. The building also will include a unique variety of Klement’s sausage crafted especially for the Bucks, and an array of MillerCoors products and local craft beers. (There also will be big national brands such as Coca-Cola products and Absolut vodka.)…

The Bucks didn’t seek a financial commitment from any of the local companies, said Justin Green, vice president for hospitality.

“In many arenas, it’s pay to play. That’s not the case here,” Green said. “We’re excited to give them a platform to build their businesses upon and grow.”

Bucks Executive Chef Kenneth Hardiman and his staff visited the local restaurants to understand their cultures and adapt their products to the challenges of quickly serving large numbers of people. Both Hardiman and Green work for Levy, the Bucks food service contractor.

The new Bucks arena will make its NBA debut this fall, and will be the only new venue to open in the league for the 2018-19 season. It is being constructed as part of a larger downtown development project, which will eventually include an entertainment district opening in 2019.

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