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Note at Braunvieh says business has closed

A sign in the window at Braunvieh restaurant says the 1602 Tower Ave. eatery no longer is open for business. The hand-written note says "We are sorry we had to close; we would like to thank all of our customers who have supported us. Thank you, T...

A sign in the window at Braunvieh restaurant says the 1602 Tower Ave. eatery no longer is open for business.

The hand-written note says "We are sorry we had to close; we would like to thank all of our customers who have supported us. Thank you, Tom, Jamie Carlson and staff."

Braunvieh's telephone was disconnected and the owners could not be reached for comment Friday.

The Carlsons' $879,712 family-style restaurant took second-place in 2004 for its business plan. In addition to serving food, it featured a retail meat counter featuring hormone-free meats the couple raised on their 160-acre farm South Range.

The venture was partially financed by a $50,000 loan from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce minority business development fund and a $28,000 loan from the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund.

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Until August 2004, building housed Louis' Cafe, a restaurant and taverna. It was closed when owner Louis Letsos Jr. failed to pay more than $5,000 in delinquent real estate and personal property taxes, as well as more than $700,000 in mortgage payments, interest and attorney fees.

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