Eau Claire bar plans purge of Favre paraphernalia
By: By Alyssa Waters, The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Superior Telegram
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre may be feeling the heat Monday night when he suits up against his former team -- the Green Bay Packers.
But at Milwaukee Burger Co., Favre memorabilia will be subjected to a different kind of heat.
The sports bar and grill, 2620 E. Clairemont Ave., is planning a burning party. Patrons can bring in their Favre memorabilia and throw it into a flaming burn barrel in the parking lot during halftime of the Packers-Vikings game. The business will donate $10 to charity for each article burned.
The game, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, will be broadcast on ESPN. Milwaukee Burger Co. will show the game.
Manager Julie Kolk said the idea to burn Favre jerseys, pictures, posters and other items sparked when the former Packers quarterback came out of retirement in August to play for the Minnesota Vikings.
"It kind of started with some of the regulars here," Kolk said. "There was a lot of talk about doing something for the Packers-Vikings game."
The restaurant, along with patrons, decided to have a "Brett Favre burning ceremony," Kolk said. Of course, they mean no harm to Favre -- only to things that bear his name.
Kolk said Milwaukee Burger Co. is filled with about equal numbers of Vikings and Packers fans on any Sunday during football season.
"We cater to both the Vikings and the Packers (fans)," she said. "We do have kind of two segregated crowds."
As for the burning ceremony, Kolk said she thinks the Vikings fans are "cool with it."
"They'll let us burn those (Green Bay) jerseys," Kolk said.
If people want to burn Vikings Favre items, they're more than welcome to do that too.
"I think there has been turmoil for the last couple years," Kolk said of Favre. "All we can do is hope and pray that this (event) is going to be big."
Waters can be reached at 800-236-7077, 833-9214 or email@example.com.
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