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Two New Breweries Announced

Plus a third Pizza Man. And the menu at the new Karl Ratzsch's.

By - Apr 12th, 2016 04:11 pm
Urban Harvest Brewing Company. Photo from Facebook.

Urban Harvest Brewing Company. Photo from Facebook.

Like Minds

In mid-May, Chef Justin Aprahamian and his partner, John Lavelle, plan to open a new brewery and restaurant. Like Minds will be located at 823 E. Hamilton St. in the space that once held The Hamilton cocktail lounge.’s Lori Fredrich reports:

“The current space has been modified a great deal, notes Lavelle, with the back portion of the venue (formerly used as an event space) being divided for use as both a brewery and kitchen. The northern portion of the space has been opened up, and will accommodate both the tap room and restaurant, with seating for about 70 in the restaurant, along with communal seating for another 20 or so customers that’s tied to the bar.

The brewery portion of the space will house a seven-barrel brewing system which will produce beer for distribution in Wisconsin, as well as for use at the brewery and restaurant.

Meanwhile, the restaurant menu will be small and focused, says Aprahamian.”

Urban Harvest Brewing Company

As its website declares, “Urban Harvest Brewing Company is Milwaukee’s new on-site neighborhood brewery and Taproom where we brew fresh, handcrafted Ales and Lagers in small batches several times a week.” The company, which opened its doors for the first time on Friday, is located at 1024 S. 5th St. and is open only on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 p.m until 10 p.m., but its Facebook page suggests a possible exception: “it only makes sense for us to be open for Milwaukee Day on Thursday 4/14. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know ASAP.”

The company serves a variety of beers; core menu items include their Espresso Amber and 505 Golden Ale along with traditional European style Lagers, Wheat beers and IPA’s. There will also be specials and seasonal beers throughout the year.

Pizza Man

A third location for Pizza man will open in Oak Creek. Operating Partner Sarah Baker says the owners expect to open the new location sometime this fall while construction is set to begin in May. Drexel Town Square, the mixed-use development at W. Drexel and S. Howell, will be the home of the new Pizza Man location. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Carol Deptolla adds more details:

“Aside from pizzas, the restaurant serves entrees, pastas and salads. Oak Creek will have a menu slightly different from the other two restaurants. Baker said it will have all the same pizzas, appetizers and salads, but it could differ in entrees and pastas.

The executive chef is Zak Baker, husband of Sarah Baker. He also is an operating partner, as is Scott Lurie, Pizza Man’s operating manager.”

New Karl Ratzsch’s Menu

Since c.1880 Restaurant chef/owner Thomas Hauck purchased the venerable Karl Ratzsch’s (320 E. Mason St.), we’ve been waiting to hear details on the menu, which he promised would be true to its heritage with some changes. Milwaukee Magazine’s Ann Christenson reports:

“The menu pays homage to the original, keeping traditional Ratzsch German dishes like liver dumpling soup, sauerbraten with potato dumpling and gingersnap gravy, the crackling pork shank with spätzle and sauerkraut, several schnitzels, and goose shank with wild rice and pickled cabbage (main courses $16-$42)… For sausage devotees, there’s knackwurst, bratwurst, beef frankfurter, bockwurst and more. You can order 2 sausages with 2 small sides ($16) or 5 sausages with 2 large sides ($35). Desserts include shaum torte, Black Forest cake, Quark cheesecake (made with Clock Shadow Creamery’s fresh cheese), and “bee sting” cake (or bienenstich) – a yeast cake filled with buttercream and covered with an almond-honey topping.”

Enderis Park Farmer’s Market

The new market is set to officially launch on June 19th in Enderis Park, located between 70th and 72nd Streets between Chambers and Locust. Owner Heather Sullivan helped co-found the Tosa Farmers Market back in 2009. The market will be open every Sunday through September 25th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A website for the Enderis Park Farmers Market will be launched soon at Meanwhile you can follow the market on Facebook.  Urban Milwaukee’s press release offers more details:

“The new farmers market…will feature fresh fruits and vegetables along with locally-crafted foods and beverages… ‘The Enderis Park Farmers Market will be one of the few markets serving patrons on Sundays in the area and one of the only markets on the city’s far-west side,’ Heather Sullivan said.


The locally owned grocery store chain is set to open a new location on the east side of Miller Park Way between Mitchell and Burnham streets. The location will also hold a Goodwill and yet-to-be-named restaurant. The Milwaukee Business Journal’s Melanie Lawder quotes co-owner Ted Balistreri:

“We are excited about the opportunity to serve a new area in the city and connect with a new community…West Milwaukee is a densely populated, growing area, and we hope the new location will expand consumer options with a high-quality, family owned grocery destination.”

One thought on “Now Serving: Two New Breweries Announced”

  1. Rich says:

    “West Milwaukee is a densely populated, growing area, and we hope the new location will be set back from the street with a gigantic parking lot and look like every other generic strip mall enterprise on that awful street that’s choked with cars and stoplights.”

    There, fixed that for you.

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