Jennifer Rick

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New “Activity” Cafe for Lower East Side

New “Activity” Cafe for Lower East Side

Hangout MKE Cafe on N. Farwell will have coffee, s'mores, and games, games, games.

Dining: Marriott Phasing Out Millioke Restaurant
Dining

Marriott Phasing Out Millioke Restaurant

Downtown hotel's new restaurant will be the "multi-cuisine" East Town Kitchen & Bar.

Taverns: Walker’s Point Music Hall Opening Soon
Taverns

Walker’s Point Music Hall Opening Soon

New place for local music opens Nov. 17 with DJ Avets, The Atomic Spins and Blood Red Boots.

Taverns: Frank’s Power Plant Is Closed. For Now.
Taverns

Frank’s Power Plant Is Closed. For Now.

First it seemed to be closed, then reopened, now closed but seeking buyer to reopen it.

Dining: City Ranks First for Food Entrepreneurs
Dining

City Ranks First for Food Entrepreneurs

Milwaukee has fewer restaurants per capita and higher average revenue for owners.

D14 Brewery & Pub Closing This Month

D14 Brewery & Pub Closing This Month

Bay View brewery closes four year run with one last sour, the Final Hour Sour.

New Bar and Restaurant for East Side

New Bar and Restaurant for East Side

Merge, a new establishment focusing on lighter snack items, plans November opening.

Taverns: He Said, She Said at Frank’s Power Plant
Taverns

He Said, She Said at Frank’s Power Plant

Owner, former manager disagree on what happened, but the bar is still open.

Dining: Brady Street Subway Closes
Dining

Brady Street Subway Closes

That leaves only about 70 others in the metro area.

Dining: Food Hall Announces Vendors
Dining

Food Hall Announces Vendors

Laughing Taco, Pedro's empanadas, Scratch Ice Cream and more.

Brady & Farwell Starbucks Closing

Brady & Farwell Starbucks Closing

"You've become part of our family," the closing announcement reads.

Dining: Third Ward Restaurant Swig Closing
Dining

Third Ward Restaurant Swig Closing

Small plates restaurant in business 15 years, attempted rebranding fails.

Dining: East Side Food Hall Opening in November
Dining

East Side Food Hall Opening in November

October opening for "unique" food hall in former Rosati's on Farwell Ave. moved back.

Dining: Wings Restaurant Opening on East Side
Dining

Wings Restaurant Opening on East Side

Good Land Wing Company, on Oak and Loc, promises healthier, non-greasy chicken wings.

Dining: Bay View Sushi Restaurant Closing
Dining

Bay View Sushi Restaurant Closing

Sushi Go closed, its food truck still going through December, owners off to New Mexico.

Taverns: Will Fritz’s Pub Close? Probably.
Taverns

Will Fritz’s Pub Close? Probably.

South side bar and restaurant has looked to close since 2016. But easier said than done.

Enlightened Brewing Co. Adding Second Location in Bay View

Enlightened Brewing Co. Adding Second Location in Bay View

The 14,000 square-foot facility has room for a new brewery and 3,000-square foot taproom.

Goodbye, Downtown Cousins Subs

Goodbye, Downtown Cousins Subs

Shop at 324 E. Wisconsin Ave. has closed. City still has 18 others.

New Walker’s Point Music Hall Opening

New Walker’s Point Music Hall Opening

Former Gibraltar space on National Ave will showcase local musicians, open this fall.

Dining: New Taco Place for West Center Street
Dining

New Taco Place for West Center Street

Freddy's Tacos, on 45th and Center, is convenient for Sherman Park and Uptown residents.

Dining: East Town Restaurant Louise’s Closing
Dining

East Town Restaurant Louise’s Closing

Italian restaurant located on Jefferson St. for 28 years will close next week.

Dining: Changes Coming to Jake’s Deli
Dining

Changes Coming to Jake’s Deli

New operating partner plans to bring back table service and catering.

New Escape Room for Brady Street

New Escape Room for Brady Street

To "escape," customers will search "McSnooty's Art Gallery" for clues of fictitious credit card crimes.

Dining: Downtown Freshii Opening in Fall
Dining

Downtown Freshii Opening in Fall

New "health-casual" restaurant will serve up fresh food for people on the go.

Dining: SmallPie Opening Wednesday in Bay View
Dining

SmallPie Opening Wednesday in Bay View

Cafe offers handheld pies, other baked goods and a drink menu that includes Bloody Mary's.

Dining: East Side Gets New Cafe and Bar
Dining

East Side Gets New Cafe and Bar

Interval, associated with Pilcrow Coffee, replaces former Pleasant Kafe on Jackson St.

Taverns: At Random to Open with New Owner
Taverns

At Random to Open with New Owner

Classic old cocktail lounge will be run by owner of classic cocktail bar Bryants.

Taverns: Say Goodbye to Rosie’s on Water
Taverns

Say Goodbye to Rosie’s on Water

After 19 years with same owner, downtown bar to be sold, pending city approval.

Dining: New Wing Restaurant For East Side
Dining

New Wing Restaurant For East Side

New place on Oak and Loc will boast lower-fat chicken wings.

Taverns: New Downtown Cocktail Lounge Opening
Taverns

New Downtown Cocktail Lounge Opening

XO Cocktail Lounge on E. Mason St. will also feature small plates dining and live music.

Dining: Taco Bar Coming to Cathedral Square
Dining

Taco Bar Coming to Cathedral Square

Taco Bar MKE, with indoor and outdoor seating, mixing authentic Mexican with some "crazy twists."

Now Serving: City’s First Cat Cafe Opens
Now Serving

City’s First Cat Cafe Opens

Plus: Good City Brewing lands in the Live Block and three city eateries expand in the burbs.

Now Serving: New Downtown Mexican Restaurant
Now Serving

New Downtown Mexican Restaurant

Plus: French restaurant for the Third Ward, second Blue's Egg for Shorewood

Taverns: Black Rose Irish Pub Will Close
Taverns

Black Rose Irish Pub Will Close

Oak and Loc bar is third place owned by R.C. Schmidt to close since December.

Now Serving: Downtown Gets New Burger, Pizza Places
Now Serving

Downtown Gets New Burger, Pizza Places

And a new brewpub. Plus: The Farwell Ave. food hall.

Dining: Downtown Pizza Place Opening Soon
Dining

Downtown Pizza Place Opening Soon

Chicago-based Pizano's Pizza & Pasta is about as Italian as you can get.

Now Serving: Korean Fusion Place for Third Ward
Now Serving

Korean Fusion Place for Third Ward

Plus: funky spring rolls for Downtown, second Beans & Barley for Mequon.

Now Serving: New Sushi, New Syrian Places
Now Serving

New Sushi, New Syrian Places

Plus: New bar, more cookies for Bay View. And Buckley's expands.

Now Serving: Return of Coquette and Silver Spring House
Now Serving

Return of Coquette and Silver Spring House

Plus: two new Third War bars and McBob's plans a second place, Tusk.

Now Serving: Who Will Serve the Greek Freak?
Now Serving

Who Will Serve the Greek Freak?

BelAir lost its chance Sunday, but Rare now offers a table. Plus: RC's closes after 40 years.

“Night Club” Upsets Some in Bay View

“Night Club” Upsets Some in Bay View

New bar, El Relajo on 7th and Oklahoma, just west of Bay View, causes controversy.

Now Serving: Black Restaurant Week Offers Deals
Now Serving

Black Restaurant Week Offers Deals

Plus: New Eagle Park Brewing and AXE MKE opening and Buddha Lounge closing.

Now Serving: More Bay View Pizza, Tosa Sushi
Now Serving

More Bay View Pizza, Tosa Sushi

Plus: Stone Creek on Downer, vegan restaurant on Farwell, Blue's Egg in Shorewood.

Now Serving: New Mexican Place for Walker’s Point
Now Serving

New Mexican Place for Walker’s Point

Plus: More pizza for Bay View. More salad for Downtown.

Urban Guide: 21 Great Bars for Craft Beers
Urban Guide

21 Great Bars for Craft Beers

Looking for local, national, even international craft beers? These bars bring it on.

Now Serving: Bay View Gets New Restaurant, New Bakery
Now Serving

Bay View Gets New Restaurant, New Bakery

Plus: the return of the Silver Spring House. And Public Table comes to West Allis.

Now Serving: New Downtown Mini-Bowling Bar?
Now Serving

New Downtown Mini-Bowling Bar?

Plus: a new West Side Mexican place. And C. 1880 closing.

Now Serving: More Burgers for South Side
Now Serving

More Burgers for South Side

Plus: new Aloha Poke in Third Ward; new Sherman Park cafe; Transfer Pizza expands.

Now Serving: New Bay View Pizzeria
Now Serving

New Bay View Pizzeria

New Latin American restaurant downtown. And bye bye Buca di Beppo.

Now Serving: Downtown Gets New Crab House
Now Serving

Downtown Gets New Crab House

Third Ward gets "craft tacos," Walker's Point gets Toast, and Coquette gets closed.

Now Serving: New Bay View Donut Shop
Now Serving

New Bay View Donut Shop

Plus: Mr. B's Steakhouse is soon to reopen, but it's closing time for the Silver Spring House.

Now Serving: The Return of Von Trier
Now Serving

The Return of Von Trier

Plus: More Poke for East Side, more pies for Bay View, more beer for Tosa.

Now Serving: Two New Downtown Casual Eateries
Now Serving

Two New Downtown Casual Eateries

Gyro MKE is Middle Eastern and Oak Barrel offers comfort food and 15 bourbons.

Now Serving: New Taqueria on Brady Street
Now Serving

New Taqueria on Brady Street

Plus: Siver City Pho-fest. And an ax-throwing bar?

Now Serving: New East Side Vegan Restaurant
Now Serving

New East Side Vegan Restaurant

And celebrity chefs will convene for unique James Beard event at Tre Rivali.

Now Serving: New Restaurant, Bakery in Walker’s Point
Now Serving

New Restaurant, Bakery in Walker’s Point

Neighborhood also has new nighttime brunch bar pop-up. Finally, booze and cereal!

Now Serving: The Ice Bars Cometh
Now Serving

The Ice Bars Cometh

150 blocks of ice weighing 23 tons will create three ice bars in Third Ward.

Now Serving: New Brunch Place in Walker’s Point
Now Serving

New Brunch Place in Walker’s Point

Plus: New Tosa Diner, new cat cafe. And Hello Falafel says goodbye.

Now Serving: Goodbye Izumi’s, Hello Kanpai 2
Now Serving

Goodbye Izumi’s, Hello Kanpai 2

A Vanguard spinoff? Izumi's closing after 33 years? And goodbye Kneisler's White House.

Now Serving: New Pizza and Chinese Restaurants
Now Serving

New Pizza and Chinese Restaurants

Plus: new Third Ward bakery, Walker's Point coffeehouse.

Now Serving: Avalon Theater’s New Restaurant Opening
Now Serving

Avalon Theater’s New Restaurant Opening

Plus: first Shake Shack and second Freshfin Poke open, Monster Pizza closes.

Now Serving: More Bay View Comfort Food
Now Serving

More Bay View Comfort Food

Plus: new small plates eatery, new Brazilian steakhouse, and original La Fuente closes.

Now Serving: A Big Week for New Restaurants
Now Serving

A Big Week for New Restaurants

Opening in Walkers Point, Third Ward, Downtown, South Side. And Brenner Brewing closes.

Now Serving: New Pizza, Middle Eastern Places
Now Serving

New Pizza, Middle Eastern Places

Plus: new Mexican place, meaty Birch + Butcher opens on Water St. and Rivalry bar dies.

Now Serving: New Pizza, Mexican, Pakistani Places
Now Serving

New Pizza, Mexican, Pakistani Places

Plus a new Third Ward diner. And goodbye to The Eastsider bar?

Now Serving: Von Trier is Saved
Now Serving

Von Trier is Saved

Plus: Insomnia Cookies to open in Bay View, and is a brewery coming to North Avenue?

Now Serving: New Vegetarian, Mexican Restaurants
Now Serving

New Vegetarian, Mexican Restaurants

Plus: Silver City's first coffee shop, Stella Van Buren adds brunch.