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Downer Avenue Restaurant Scene on the Up and Up

From 1st & Mitchell to the East side, the owners of Transfer Pizzeria Cafe bring their unique style of pizza – with its bubbly, airy crust and fresh toppings to Downer Avenue with VIA Downer.

VIA Downer opened at the end of May, 2010 and is now in full swing.

At VIA, you’ll experience the fresh pizza creations that made Transfer famous, as well as an expanded list of beautifully crafted entrees, pastas, panini sandwiches, salads and appetizers. VIA also offers a full service bar for wine, beer, cocktails and coffee.

VIA is open daily at 11am and will feature Saturday and Sunday brunch in addition to lunch and dinner. VIA also features its newly expanded sidewalk patio (pictured above).

More Information on VIA Downer
http://www.facebook.com/ViaDowner
2625 N. Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI, 53211
(414) 501-4510

Hours: Mon: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Tues – Thurs: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 12:00 am, Sun:11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Jake’s Big Dog and Frozen Custard opened last week at the corner of Downer and Belleview at 2597 N. Downer Ave, inside the space that formerly housed Lixx until late-2009.

Jake Provan, the executive director of the Downer Ave. Business Improvement District is the brains behind Jake’s Big Dog.

The menu at Jake’s includes custard, malts, floats and a “gourmet hot dog” menu  featuring all-beef Vienna hot dogs, Turkey dogs, and Vegan (slices of Avocado) options, too.

Here is a Sampling of its Specialty Dogs:
(All specialty dogs have your choice of dog; All-beef, Turkey , or a Vegan Kimmer (slice of Avacado).

  • East Side Dog: (Alfalfa Sprouts, Slice Tomatoes and Vegan Mayo)
  • Border Dog: (Grilled Poblanos, Pepper jack Shredded Cheese, Crumbled Bacon and Nacho Cheese)
  • Skinny Dog: (Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza Dog: (Pizza sauce, pepperoni, and Mozzarella cheese
  • Kimmer (Vegan) Dog: (Slices of Avocado, sliced tomatoes. onion, shredded lettuce and sprouts

Jake’s menu offers over 16 different specialty dogs and also carries chili dogs, brats, and Italian sausage sandwiches.

As of press time today, its “flavor of the day” was K-9 Candy Crazy — Vanilla custard, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, and HEATH toffee bar chunks.
More information on Jake’s Big Dog

2597 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-810-0331
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-12am

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