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Rare Steakhouse Coming Soon

Milwaukee also adds City Lights Brewery and Ian's Pizza is on the move.

By - Aug 12th, 2015 01:32 pm
Rendering of the future home of Rare Steakhouse. Rendering by Kahler Slater.

Rendering of the future home of Rare Steakhouse. Rendering by Kahler Slater.

When the snow finally thaws next year, expect a fresh steakhouse to open in Milwaukee.

Upscale tablecloth dining featuring steak and seafood is the Rare Steakhouse brand and the office building current under construction at 833 E. Michigan Ave. will be their new home. Madison-based Noble Chef Hospitality is opening their first restaurant in Milwaukee, according to

Jack Sosnowski, president and CEO of Noble Chef told, “Downtown Milwaukee is experiencing a renaissance in new development and the 833 East location in particular offers a wonderful location near the city’s evolving lakefront. Rare will offer a high-class dining experience for any occasion.”

The building is expected to be done by February 2016. After that Rare will move in and offer outdoor seating in the spring of 2016. See photos of the future home of Rare under construction:

Future Home of Rare Steakhouse

Menomonee Valley Brewery

City Lights Brewing Co. is planning on opening a brewery and tasting room at the former water tower building, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The City Lights complex is south of W. St. Paul Ave. and the brewery is planning on producing 15,000 barrels the first year and 50,000 in three to five years.

Waukesha-based 4 Brothers is also looking into brewing at the complex.

Mayor Tom Barrett said City Lights Brewing will add to Milwaukee’s reputation as THE beer city.

Ian’s Pizza

After five and a half years at 2035 E. North Ave. Ian’s Pizza has amassed too many regular customers for the space. On August 9th they closed their doors.

Ian’s made the announcement on Facebook. Allowing more pizza lovers inside is their motive and they’ve purchased the storefront next door at 2031 E. North Ave.

The plan is to remove walls for better experience and more flow in the restaurant.

There will be slight changes in the menu including offering wine and craft beers. They’ll also be adding a new “Rotoflex” oven which will increase output and satisfaction.

We reported on Ian’s attempting to obtain a liquor license to serve wine in June and talks with the community are ongoing at this time.

Cactus Club

August is when people love eating and being outside the most, because we all know that sweatshirts are right around the corner. Cactus Club now offers sidewalk seating at 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., according to


Mequon has became the home of a third Sobelman’s in the Milwaukee area. This North Shore locale opened August 5th in the former home of Centennial Bar & Grille at 10352 N. Port Washington Rd., according to

The other restaurants include the original Sobelman’s Pub & Grille which opened in the late 90’s at 1900 W. St. Paul St. and Sobelman’s @ Marquette, 1601 W. Wells St.

They will be offering the traditional menu of appetizers and sandwiches along with their self-proclaimed ‘Milwaukee’s Best Burgers’.

Friday Fish Fry will be a daily option for $9. With hours Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jack Rabbit Slims

The cult film Pulp Fiction has produced many things and when somebody google’s ‘Jack Rabbit Slims’ the first result is whether it’s real or not. Well for Milwaukee it will be real very soon.

Jack Rabbit Slims, 8028 W. National Ave., is the name of a new bar inspired by the movie. They will serve southern and cajun food and will also offer live music of the country-rock stylings, according to

These cajun dishes will include boudin sausage, catfish po’boys and stuffed and smoked oysters.

Christopher Surges, owner of Rumor Upbeat Lounge and Jack Rabbit Slims, told Lori Fredrich current renovations will open up space, make the bar a focal point and allow the stage to be enjoyed all over the bar.

Grand opening is scheduled for early September.

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