Michael Holloway

Michael Holloway

Michael Holloway is a freelance journalist who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in English. He is a frequent contributor for both Urban Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Gazette. He is also a full-time line cook at Good City Brewing and plays in two local bands (Garden Home and Burmecia).

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Now Serving: New Brrr Garden and Cocoa Cream Puffs!
Now Serving

New Brrr Garden and Cocoa Cream Puffs!

Kegel's offers beer garden with yurts. Lake Park Bistro reopens. View MKE closes.

Now Serving: Dairyland Old-Fashioned Hamburgers Joins Zócalo
Now Serving

Dairyland Old-Fashioned Hamburgers Joins Zócalo

Plus: African food stand gets regular spot and a food truck eyes a brick and mortar location

Entertainment at a Distance: Check Out Milwaukee Holiday Lights
Entertainment at a Distance

Check Out Milwaukee Holiday Lights

Plus, virtual concerts, a dance series under the Hoan Bridge and a virtual theater performance.

Now Serving: Oggie’s Returns to Downtown Hotel Metro
Now Serving

Oggie’s Returns to Downtown Hotel Metro

Plus: fire at Hooligan'ts, a new soul food restaurant and Supermoon releases first beers.

Entertainment at a Distance: Free Virtual Charlie Berens Comedy Show
Entertainment at a Distance

Free Virtual Charlie Berens Comedy Show

Museum exhibitions and Milwaukee Startup Week have a lot to offer.

Now Serving: Third Ward Gets Dumpling Pop-Up
Now Serving

Third Ward Gets Dumpling Pop-Up

Plus: the cheel suffers devastating fire. Harvest Cafe will become full dinner restaurant.

Entertainment at a Distance: Art Auction Fundraises for Community Meals
Entertainment at a Distance

Art Auction Fundraises for Community Meals

Plus, a virtual Flannel Fest, "Sleepy Hollow" at the Domes and a virtual concert from 88Nine.

Now Serving: New Burger Joint, New Vietnamese Cafe
Now Serving

New Burger Joint, New Vietnamese Cafe

Plus: Bacchus restaurant and Lost Whale bar reopening, Nessun Dorma closing for winter.

Entertainment at a Distance: Social-Distanced, Virtual Halloween Events
Entertainment at a Distance

Social-Distanced, Virtual Halloween Events

Plus, the last call for farmers markets, a halloween beer release and a Halloween candy and wine tasting.

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Now Serving: New Mexican Restaurant Opening
Now Serving

New Mexican Restaurant Opening

Plus: A Guy Fieri pop-up. And Stone Creek's Radio Milwaukee cafe closing.

Entertainment at Distance: Drink Beer and Bike Through Haunted Riverwest
Entertainment at Distance

Drink Beer and Bike Through Haunted Riverwest

Plus, plenty of other ghost walks and haunted tours, and a chance to fundraise for Cactus Club.

Now Serving: New ‘Truck Stop’ Opens on Brady
Now Serving

New ‘Truck Stop’ Opens on Brady

Plus: Pasta Tree reopens, a new Gathering Place Brewing location, and Sanford offers Film Fest pairings.

Entertainment at a Distance: Lake Effect Holding Virtual Halloween Event
Entertainment at a Distance

Lake Effect Holding Virtual Halloween Event

Plus, a rooftop concert, fall foliage kayaking and another Oktoberfest event.

Now Serving: Third Ward Restaurant Dandan Reopens
Now Serving

Third Ward Restaurant Dandan Reopens

Plus: downtown coffee shop goes Scandinavian. And Crafty Cow's ghost kitchen.

Entertainment at a Distance: Milwaukee Comedy Festival Goes Virtual
Entertainment at a Distance

Milwaukee Comedy Festival Goes Virtual

Plus, ghost tours at The Riverside Theater, Unfinished Legacy streetwear pop-up at Sky High, and Kayak and Yoga at Kletzsch Park

Now Serving: New Food Truck Serves Mussels, Burrata
Now Serving

New Food Truck Serves Mussels, Burrata

Plus: That new Bay View taproom. And a Rice Krispies treat store in West Allis, of course.

Entertainment at a Distance: Art and Artisan Fair Coming to Bayshore
Entertainment at a Distance

Art and Artisan Fair Coming to Bayshore

Plus, there are opportunities to drink some Oktoberfest beer and go on a hike with the family.

Brew City: Brewing Cooperative Opens Bay View Taproom
Brew City

Brewing Cooperative Opens Bay View Taproom

New Barons Brewing co-op opens to the public.

Now Serving: New Cuban Place, New Burger Joint
Now Serving

New Cuban Place, New Burger Joint

Plus: new Walker's Point Sushi food truck. And Up & Under Closing.

Entertainment at a Distance: Hike to Support the Urban Ecology Center
Entertainment at a Distance

Hike to Support the Urban Ecology Center

Plus, a virtual Doors Open Milwaukee, and outdoor movie night and it's Walkers Point Appreciation Week.

City Business: Rare Clothing, Footwear Shop Opens Downtown
City Business

Rare Clothing, Footwear Shop Opens Downtown

Rerocc buys and sells shoes and clothing that are unique, difficult to come by.

City Business: Ormson Supply Co. Opens in Bay View
City Business

Ormson Supply Co. Opens in Bay View

The shop formerly known as Brew City Salvage rebrands, leaves Walker's Point

Now Serving: Amilinda, EsterEv Restaurants To Reopen
Now Serving

Amilinda, EsterEv Restaurants To Reopen

Plus: a new Mexican restaurant. And pumpkin spice cream puffs!

Entertainment at a Distance: Tune Into the Minority Health Film Festival
Entertainment at a Distance

Tune Into the Minority Health Film Festival

Also, check out a dinosaur drive-thru, buy a burger for mental health and register to vote.

Now Serving: New Indian Restaurant for Downtown
Now Serving

New Indian Restaurant for Downtown

Plus: New birria food truck on South Side, Unclie Wolfie's adds dinner and five new teriyaki franchises.

Entertainment at a Distance: Kayak to Support Milwaukee Riverkeepers
Entertainment at a Distance

Kayak to Support Milwaukee Riverkeepers

Also, welcome home the D.C. marchers, try some Lao BBQ or take a Ghost Walk.

Dining: Bay View’s Cafe India Will Expand
Dining

Bay View’s Cafe India Will Expand

Popular restaurant on KK adding 1570-square-foot building, more dining space.

Now Serving: Mr. B’s Bartolotta Steakhouse Reopens
Now Serving

Mr. B’s Bartolotta Steakhouse Reopens

Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub closing. Brew City Biscuits extends popular pop-up.

Taverns: Buffalo Wild Wings Closing?
Taverns

Buffalo Wild Wings Closing?

The lease for the chain's Water Street location is up in January.

Entertainment at a Distance: Join the Milwaukee Bike and Brew Tour
Entertainment at a Distance

Join the Milwaukee Bike and Brew Tour

Also this weekend, checkout some restaurant pop-ups, celebrate film director Gordon Parks and donate homegrown hops to Company Brewing.

Now Serving: New Poke and Palestinian Restaurants
Now Serving

New Poke and Palestinian Restaurants

Plus: New pub-style restaurant in Cudahy, and Fiddlehead's Coffee cafe in Tosa.

Local Band Turns Album into 8-Bit Video Game

Local Band Turns Album into 8-Bit Video Game

Space Raft: The Game accompanies the release of their latest record.

Entertainment at a Distance: Watch the Riverkeeper Boat Parade
Entertainment at a Distance

Watch the Riverkeeper Boat Parade

Also, Jazz in the Park goes virtual and there are many upcoming brewery events.

City Business: Kyric’s Lemonade Is a Sweet Success
City Business

Kyric’s Lemonade Is a Sweet Success

Nine-year-old Kyric Burt had the vision and drive to create a boffo business.

Now Serving: New Mac’n’Cheese Place in Bay View
Now Serving

New Mac’n’Cheese Place in Bay View

New Caribbean restaurant in Walker's Point and Basque-style cuisine on East Side.

Entertainment at a Distance: Pop-In to a Pop-Up This Week
Entertainment at a Distance

Pop-In to a Pop-Up This Week

Also, a virtual retail market and a concert livestream celebrating Black lives.

Milwaukee Arts and Culture Going Virtual

Milwaukee Arts and Culture Going Virtual

Google has added a number of Milwaukee institutions to its Arts & Culture page.

Now Serving: Harbor House, Mr. B’s to Reopen
Now Serving

Harbor House, Mr. B’s to Reopen

Plus: New Italian restaurant for Bay View, new Toss Scandanavian place and Carnevor Steakhouse returns.

Entertainment at a Distance: New Farmers Market Visiting Food Deserts
Entertainment at a Distance

New Farmers Market Visiting Food Deserts

Plus a mural unveiling, virtual retail pop-ups and an emmy winning artist live-streaming from the Marcus Performing Arts Center.

Now Serving: Riverwest Slated To Get New BBQ Joint
Now Serving

Riverwest Slated To Get New BBQ Joint

One major downtown establish gets an opening date, while others call it quits due to pandemic.

New Bay View Cidery Is All About The Apples

New Bay View Cidery Is All About The Apples

Ethan Keller is basing his new business on single-varietal ciders.

Entertainment at a Distance: Music on the Beerline? Virtually
Entertainment at a Distance

Music on the Beerline? Virtually

Also, curbside cream puffs at the State Fair, a virtual dance party and a socially distanced art show.

Now Serving: Pandemic Brings Restaurant Closings, Openings
Now Serving

Pandemic Brings Restaurant Closings, Openings

Fiddleheads and Fuddruckers, Bella, Betty's and Bounce, restaurants try to chart future in turbulent time.

Entertainment at a Distance: WMSE’s Annual Art & Music Festival Goes Virtual
Entertainment at a Distance

WMSE’s Annual Art & Music Festival Goes Virtual

Also, if you miss catching limited-release independent films, Milwaukee Film is streaming them for you.

Now Serving: New European Restaurant For Hotel Metro
Now Serving

New European Restaurant For Hotel Metro

Plus: New taco restaurant downtown, Latin American restaurant in Greendale.

East Side’s Art Lot Will Beautify, Increase Public Space

East Side’s Art Lot Will Beautify, Increase Public Space

Local BID hopes the lot will be a place to social distance and enjoy take-out.

Entertainment at a Distance: State Fair Continuing As A Drive-Thru
Entertainment at a Distance

State Fair Continuing As A Drive-Thru

Also, drive-in movies continue, and more farmer's markets than you can shake a stick at.

Now Serving: New Mexican Steakhouse Coming
Now Serving

New Mexican Steakhouse Coming

At Random opening ice cream garden. And say goodbye to Fauntleroy and (for now) Comet Cafe.

Meet Martha Lund, the Bay View Yarn Bombing Artist

Meet Martha Lund, the Bay View Yarn Bombing Artist

She's taking her exceptional knitting to the streets.

Entertainment at a Distance: Milwaukee Area Events That Are Social-Distancing Friendly
Entertainment at a Distance

Milwaukee Area Events That Are Social-Distancing Friendly

Drive-in theaters, virtual beer tastings, farmers markets and more.

Dining: The Original Reopens
Dining

The Original Reopens

East Side restaurant offers takeout and outdoor dining only, with brand new menu, craft cocktails.

Dining: Transfer Pizzeria Has New Outdoor Patio
Dining

Transfer Pizzeria Has New Outdoor Patio

Restaurant was offering carryout only, now has outdoor, picnic-table, sit-down dining.

Dining: Crazy Water Being Reinvented as Mexican Restaurant ‘La Dama’
Dining

Crazy Water Being Reinvented as Mexican Restaurant ‘La Dama’

After almost two decades of service, the owner of Crazy Water is taking the restaurant in a new direction.

Dining: Smax Brings Boxed Lunches to Downtown
Dining

Smax Brings Boxed Lunches to Downtown

New to-go lunch place offers light, healthy food in a box you can eat anywhere.

Pete’s Pops Opens Second, Dog-friendly Location in Bay View

Pete’s Pops Opens Second, Dog-friendly Location in Bay View

Owner Pete Cooney started with a push cart, now he has two stores.

International Market Coming to South Side

International Market Coming to South Side

Second location for Monterrey Market Plaza to sell international groceries at 27th and Howard.

Brew City: Brewery Co-op Opening Bay View Taproom
Brew City

Brewery Co-op Opening Bay View Taproom

New Barons Brewing Cooperative is the first of its kind in Wisconsin.

Brew City: Wizard Works Brewing Is Open
Brew City

Wizard Works Brewing Is Open

The new brewery opened after the economic shutdown and is offering beer-to-go.

Presenting Milwaukee’s First Drive-In Movie Pop-up

Presenting Milwaukee’s First Drive-In Movie Pop-up

Parking Lot Theatre will hold debut film screening 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Menomonee Valley.

Rock the Stream Plays For Nonprofits

Rock the Stream Plays For Nonprofits

Rock the Green and musicians team on new weekly streamed concert to benefit nonprofits.

Company Gives 1 Million Thanks to Key Workers

Company Gives 1 Million Thanks to Key Workers

Milwaukee's Leader Paper Products donating 1 million thank you cards to essential workers during pandemic.

New Shop is Selling Nostalgic Streetwear

New Shop is Selling Nostalgic Streetwear

Milwaukeean Benny Tralongo opens passion-project business during a pandemic.

Dining: Lowlands To Reopen Restaurants For Takeout
Dining

Lowlands To Reopen Restaurants For Takeout

Cafe Benelux, Centraal Grand Cafe and five Cafe Hollanders will offer carryout and delivery.

UWM Prof Writes Book on History of Soap Operas

UWM Prof Writes Book on History of Soap Operas

Elana Levine's "Her Story" looks into the history and gender politics of soap operas.

Dining: Delish MKE! Bringing Take-Out Sandwiches to Washington Park
Dining

Delish MKE! Bringing Take-Out Sandwiches to Washington Park

New food counter will serve breakfast and lunch.

Taverns: New Bar Will Bring Berlin to Brady St.
Taverns

New Bar Will Bring Berlin to Brady St.

German-themed food, beer and music planned for new tavern called WurstBar MKE.

Rep, Ballet, First Stage Making Masks

Rep, Ballet, First Stage Making Masks

A new kind of show business: making nearly 9,000 masks a week donated to hospitals and medical college.

Sookie’s Veggie Burgers to Host “Food Truck Drive Thru”

Sookie’s Veggie Burgers to Host “Food Truck Drive Thru”

Food truck will maintain social distancing while serving up veggie burgers and fries.

Released Today, the Milverine Bobblehead

Released Today, the Milverine Bobblehead

He's shirtless, just like the real guy, now immortalized and timed for sale on Milwaukee Day.

Sing “Lean on Me” in Support of Health Care Workers

Sing “Lean on Me” in Support of Health Care Workers

Record or livestream yourself singing 'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers, and use the hashtag #MKEsingalong

Restaurant Owners Talk About Hardships

Restaurant Owners Talk About Hardships

Pandemic shutdown hurting employees and government not helping enough, say owners.

Milwaukee Film Launches Digital Theater “Sofa Cinema”

Milwaukee Film Launches Digital Theater “Sofa Cinema”

Watch movies and support Milwaukee Film from the comfort of your couch.

Sherman Phoenix Needs Help to ‘Rise Again’

Sherman Phoenix Needs Help to ‘Rise Again’

To rise again, the Sherman Phoenix and its 27 businesses need your help.

Craft Distillery Produces Disinfectant Spray

Craft Distillery Produces Disinfectant Spray

Central Standard creates product to help in pandemic, offered free to all who need it.

Milwaukee’s Bars, Restaurants and Venues Call for Help

Milwaukee’s Bars, Restaurants and Venues Call for Help

Businesses seeking to find ways to support their employees.

Don’s Diner is Now [Temporarily] A Grocery Store

Don’s Diner is Now [Temporarily] A Grocery Store

The grocery formerly known as Don's Diner & Cocktails is now selling toilet paper, hand sanitizer, takeout food and spiked milkshakes.

Art Scene: Not Every One Is Shut Down
Art Scene

Not Every One Is Shut Down

The art museums are closed but some art galleries are still open.

Now Serving: Stone Creek Temporarily Closes In Response to Coronavirus
Now Serving

Stone Creek Temporarily Closes In Response to Coronavirus

Plus: New restaurants announce plans to open later this year.

Dining: Meet Wisconsin’s James Beard Semifinalists
Dining

Meet Wisconsin’s James Beard Semifinalists

Milwaukee's chefs continue to be recognized by the James Beard Awards.

Art Scene: Marcela Garcia Seeks Diversity In Art
Art Scene

Marcela Garcia Seeks Diversity In Art

Walker's Point Center for the Arts leader takes over after years of leadership changes.

Now Serving: Street-Food Inspired Restaurant Comes to Brady St.
Now Serving

Street-Food Inspired Restaurant Comes to Brady St.

Plus: A Lao pop-up will take residence in Crossroads Collective

Art Scene: Governor’s Residence Now Exhibiting Art
Art Scene

Governor’s Residence Now Exhibiting Art

And the Museum of Wisconsin Art has yet another outpost in the state.

Now Serving: Wisconsin Soup Co. to Open its First Storefront
Now Serving

Wisconsin Soup Co. to Open its First Storefront

Plus: Kegel’s Inn reopens just in time for lent

Now Serving: Restaurant To Be Named Later Opens Next Month at Miller Park
Now Serving

Restaurant To Be Named Later Opens Next Month at Miller Park

Yes, that's the name. Plus: Shakeup at Mayfair Collection, new candle bar in Walker's Point, 42 Ale House closing.

Now Serving: Italian-inspired Aperitivo Now Open
Now Serving

Italian-inspired Aperitivo Now Open

Plus: A Taco Bell is planned for Capitol Dr. and Kegel’s Inn closes for remodeling.

Now Serving: Snack Boys Moving to the East Side
Now Serving

Snack Boys Moving to the East Side

Plus: Triciclo Peru introduces new menu items and Red June Cafe closes.

Now Serving: New York-Style Bagels Coming to Walker’s Point
Now Serving

New York-Style Bagels Coming to Walker’s Point

Plus: a coffee shop for Midtown Center and Bay View gets more tacos.

Now Serving: Merriment Social, Third Coast Provisions Owners Plan Pizza Joint
Now Serving

Merriment Social, Third Coast Provisions Owners Plan Pizza Joint

Also New: Walker’s Point gets a taste of the Caribbean and an upscale restaurant comes to Brady St.

Now Serving: Downtown Pasta Restaurant Set to Open
Now Serving

Downtown Pasta Restaurant Set to Open

Also new: Insomnia Cookies in the Deer District and Colectivo rolls out lineup of vegan, gluten-free baked goods

Now Serving: More Mac and Cheese for Bay View
Now Serving

More Mac and Cheese for Bay View

Also new: Wahlburgers in Third Ward, Mad Chicken on East Side and downtown distillery.

Now Serving: Two New Pizza Places Opening
Now Serving

Two New Pizza Places Opening

Also: Urban Beets new brunch. And the Dogg Haus dies.

Now Serving: Unlocal Beers Coming to Walker’s Point
Now Serving

Unlocal Beers Coming to Walker’s Point

Also: Goodbye Trio and Café Bavaria, to be replaced by two high-concept bars.

Now Serving: Bay View’s White House Returns
Now Serving

Bay View’s White House Returns

Plus: Walker's Point gets new bagel restaurant and DiModa Pizza closes.

Now Serving: ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Pop-ups
Now Serving

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Pop-ups

Pop-up bars and crazy holiday parties abound. And a new West Side Mexican place.

Canvassing The City For Votes

Canvassing The City For Votes

At election crunch time, Milwaukee canvassers go door-to-door while we join them.

Fight for $15 Protest at Gubernatorial Debate

Fight for $15 Protest at Gubernatorial Debate

Protesters demand affordable health care, $15 minimum wage.

Urban Guide: 38 Milwaukee Wine Bars
Urban Guide

38 Milwaukee Wine Bars

The city is bursting with great places to sip and learn about wine and wine culture.

Dining: New Calzone Restaurant For East Side
Dining

New Calzone Restaurant For East Side

D.P. Dough is a national chain of "stoney calzoney" restaurants, will be first in state.

Taverns: Irish Pub Changes Leave Staff Jobless
Taverns

Irish Pub Changes Leave Staff Jobless

New owners plan to reopen as upscale bar, and perhaps re-hire some staff.

City’s First Cat Cafe on East Side

City’s First Cat Cafe on East Side

Will open this summer on Ivanhoe Pl. Concept is all the rage in Japan.

New Poke Restaurant For East Side?

New Poke Restaurant For East Side?

Former Hotch Spot on Kenilworth Pl. about to become poke restaurant, lease shows.

Urban Guide: 21 Great Burger Places
Urban Guide

21 Great Burger Places

The best in town? Maybe, maybe not, but all not to be missed.

Guide to Milwaukee Parklets

Guide to Milwaukee Parklets

12 places to enjoy the latest urban fad, like sidewalk dining on the street.

Guide to Milwaukee Farmers’ Markets

Guide to Milwaukee Farmers’ Markets

24 farmers' markets, all conveniently located within Milwaukee County.

The Other Candidate for County Executive

The Other Candidate for County Executive

Joe Klein believes citizens should have access to government records on a 24/7 basis.

Crowdfunding: New Business Seeks to Improve Neighborhood
Crowdfunding

New Business Seeks to Improve Neighborhood

Classic old tavern building on N. Fond du Lac would reopen as restaurant, with community owners

City Business: Top Note Tonic Offers Soda For Adults
City Business

Top Note Tonic Offers Soda For Adults

Say goodbye to sticky-sweet pop. The Milwaukee company offers all-natural bittersweet sodas.

Welcome to the New Layton Boulevard

Welcome to the New Layton Boulevard

A just-completed streetscaping and lighting project has enhanced Layton Boulevard.

Students Plan and Host Veterans Day Event

Students Plan and Host Veterans Day Event

For 20 years, Wisconsin Lutheran students have organized event honoring area veterans.

New Innovation & Wellness Commons Opens

New Innovation & Wellness Commons Opens

New facility created by Walnut Way on North Ave. seeks to transform neighborhood.

New Marathon Will Bring 4,500 Runners to City Streets

New Marathon Will Bring 4,500 Runners to City Streets

Come cheer them on, but plan ahead if you're taking the bus or parking overnight.

The Worst City Flag in America?

The Worst City Flag in America?

Milwaukee's is the absolute worst, experts say. But a new contest could change that.

MU Law School Jumps Aboard Water Issue

MU Law School Jumps Aboard Water Issue

Newly expanded Water Law and Policy Initiative has an ambitious first director, David Strifling.

New App Links Teens to After-School Programs

New App Links Teens to After-School Programs

Beyond the Bell mobile app created by UWM App Brewery and non-profit Center for Youth Engagement.

County Wins $10 Million for Fatherhood Program

County Wins $10 Million for Fatherhood Program

Federal grant for “Responsible Fatherhood” will help fathers support their children, Abele says.

County Transit Unveils New Line of Buses

County Transit Unveils New Line of Buses

New vehicles feature many improvements to upgrade the ride and reduce gas use and emissions.

Abele Hails $1.6 Million Development Fund

Abele Hails $1.6 Million Development Fund

County and community group will partner, co-funding near West Side community development.

MillerCoors Celebrates 160 Years

MillerCoors Celebrates 160 Years

Event attendees celebrate "Miller Time" with a lager from 1855.