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Richard Ryman column: Titletown's owner gets restaurant recognition

9:36 PM, Jan. 18, 2013  |  Comments
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Brent Weycker of Titletown Brewing Co. was chosen Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year by the Green Bay Chapter of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

Weycker was honored locally on Tuesday and also will be recognized in March at the 2013 Wisconsin Restaurant Association awards dinner in Milwaukee.

Titletown, 200 Dousman St. in downtown Green Bay, was founded in 1996 by Green Bay natives Weycker and John Gustavson, and John Hickenlooper of Denver, who now is governor of Colorado. They renovated the former Chicago & North Western Railroad Depot, creating a restaurant and micro brewery. Hickenlooper is no longer an investor.

A third-generation restaurateur, Weycker is president of Titletown. His grandmother and uncles were in the restaurant business, and one uncle owned Barney's Drive-Ins. Also, a great-grandfather owned a bar, Weycker said.

Titletown brews its own craft beers and Sno Cap root beer. Weycker said they produced a record 3,360 kegs of beer in 2012.

"The staff are the ones that make everything go," he said. "I'm proud I had the opportunity to start a place in downtown. I'm looking forward to all the downtown development."

The Restaurateur of the Year award recognizes success in business, community service and dedication to the industry. Weycker is a board member of On Broadway Inc., the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

Servant Leadership event

Prophit Marketing, Green Bay, is hosting a Servant Leadership Summit at the end of the month. Speakers will include Jim Hunter of J.D. Hunter Associates and Tom Thibodeau of Viterbo University.

Hunter has spoken in the area many times and worked with local companies, including Festival Foods. Thibodeau is the director of the Servant Leadership program at Viterbo in La Crosse.

The event will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Marq, 3177 French Road, Lawrence. The cost is $295 per person. Seating is limited.

To register, go to servantleadershipsummit.eventbrite.com. For information, contact Meredith Bartos at meredithb@prophitmkareting.com.

Shopko Foundation grants

Shopko Foundation said it awarded $981,000 in grants last year through its four programs: Community Charitable Grants, Green Bay Area Grants, Teammate Community Service Grants and Teammate and Family Scholarships.

Shopko Foundation has awarded $26 million in grants during the past 33 years in communities where Shopko has stores.

Shopko's headquarters is in Ashwaubenon.

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