“To many residents it’s a standby that feels like home, and to out-of-towners it’s a reason to visit the area,” the petition reads. “With its impressive chandelier, wall of steins, and excellent German beer list, Von Trier’s fills a cultural gap in a sea of generic, unimaginative bars. Once this gem is gone we can never get that culture or history back.”
Milwaukeeans have already been flooding the Von Trier Facebook page with messages of despair, and/or inquires into how to pick up that chandelier at auction. Now you can join the 50 or so supporters (at press time) on Change.org, too. R.I.P. Von Trier. Maybe.