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East Town’s Food Truck Friday takes a Hiatus; Moves to Westown’s Zeidler Park

Update: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 3:42 pm:

I just got word from Twitter that East Town’s Food Truck Friday will be moving to Westown’s Zeidler Park at 301 W.  Michigan Street for one day only. I hear that Streetza Pizza, Tiger Bite, Reed Truck Super Sliders and the Fast Foodie will be there from 11am-2pm.

Thursday, July 12, 2011, 1:47 pm:

The East Town Association’s  lunchtime Food Truck Fridays at Cathedral Square Park is on hiatus this week because of Bastille Days which runs today through Sunday.

Saturday’s East Town Market at Cathedral Square will also be closed this weekend.

Both events will resume normal schedules next week.

More Information:


Bartolotta’s Rumpus Room takes over Eagan’s on Water

Construction is underway for The Bartolotta Restaurants’ newest concept, The Rumpus Room, a gastro pub which will combine unique flavors, an expansive selection of craft beers and a casual atmosphere located at 1030 N. Water Street.

The Rumpus Room will take over the site of Eagan’s restaurant which closed this past May.

The Bartolotta Restaurants’ owner, Joe Bartolotta, recalls fond memories of lively gatherings and the energetic atmosphere of his father’s tavern.

The new pub’s name, The Rumpus Room, was inspired by the tavern  Joe’’s father established and ran for nine years,  in the mid 1950’s and early 1960’s at 29th St. and North Ave. The name Rumpus Room means a place where people come together for entertainment, fun, camaraderie and recreation.

“My dad provided inspiration for my work with The Bartolotta Restaurants and opening The Rumpus Room is one way we can pay tribute to his influence on our organization and the community.” said Joe Bartolotta.

The new gastro pub is an opportunity to embrace a casual dining experience that combines your favorite restaurant and bar, unites them together with elements of reasonably priced quality food in a comfortable bar environment.”

The group will lean on the experience of a few of their current distinguished chefs to extend an already expansive array of culinary offerings. Under the direction of Paul Bartolotta and Corporate Chef Adam Siegel, Bacchus’ Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Ruiz, will take the role as Executive Chef of The Rumpus Room.

The Rumpus Room is set to open in Fall, 2011.

To learn more about The Bartolotta Restaurants, visit or call 414-258-7885.

Follow The Rumpus Room progress and news at


Hi-Fi Cafe’s neon sign shines bright again

Back in March we were the first to tell you about a fire that ruined the iconic sign that welcomed passers by on  Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View  for almost 15 years.

Well I am happy to report that an exact replica of the sign has been installed.

Long live the Hi-Fi sign.
HI-FI Cafe
2640 S Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207-2151
(414) 486-0504

Open Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 10:00pm, Sat: 8:00am -10:00 pm, Sun: 9:00am-10:00pm


New Food Truck Gathering; Take Out Tuesday at the Schlitz Park starts June 7

Milwaukeeans love its street food

Every Friday afternoon hundreds gather at Cathedral Square Park (along with close to a dozen food truck vendors) for the uber-popular Food Truck Friday.

Today, Milwaukee can add another weekday food truck gathering …Take Out Tuesday at the Schlitz Park office complex from 11am-2pm.

All of your favorite food trucks will be there parked on Cherry St. across from the Manpower headquarters.

Trucks signed on so far include Fast Foodie, Pita Brothers, Tigerbite, Satellite Crepes and Streetza Pizza.


Bartolotta’s Northpoint Burgers and Custard Stand re-opens today; 200 Free Burgers will be given away at 11am

You know Summer is in our sights when we post this story.

As in the past, the Bartolotta’s Northpoint Burgers and Custard on North Lincoln Memorial Drive will once again celebrate its grand opening for the season by giving away 200 free hamburgers. Sides, beverages, custard and additional sandwiches will be available for purchase.

Starting at 11:00am today (May 21), one free cheeseburger will be given to the first 200 people in line.

So grab your sun block and head to the beach for your favorite Northpoint burger or cone. Check out the cool new burgers on the menu and get you shake-on.

Northpoint Burgers and Custard Stand
2400 Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 258-7885


Umami Moto will begin serving lunch May 2

Photo credit: Umami Moto

Beginning Monday May 2nd, Umami Moto will begin lunch service Monday-Thursday from 11am-2pm and all day on Friday.

Prices will range from $8-$12. You may also call ahead and pre-order for faster service.

Complimentary valet parking will be offered as well.

Umami Moto
718 N Miwlaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Food Truck Fridays returns to Cathedral Square Park May 6

Today the East Town Association announced that its bringing back its popular Food Cart Fridays.

Join Pita Bros, Satellite Crepes, Streetza, Big Frank’s Wiener Waggin, Tigerbite, Fast Foodie, Cousin’s Subs and more every Friday from 11am -2pm starting May 6 through the end of September as Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee is turned into a one-stop shop for  Milwaukee street food.


Pizzeria Piccola celebrates 8 years of perfectly baked Neapolitan pizzas

Starting at 12:08 pm today, and every hour on the :08, enter a drawing for fabulous prizes. You’ll also get a bumper sticker with every purchase all day long.

Located next to Ristorante Bartolotta in the quaint village of Wauwatosa, Pizzeria Piccola features truly authentic thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas baked to perfection in its wood burning oven.

All pizzas are made to order beginning with a ball of dough which is rolled out by hand, lightly topped with sauce and fresh traditional ingredients – fresh mozzarella, proscuitto,pancetta, fresh mushrooms among others. The pizzas are then slid into a wood burning oven at 600 degrees and are ready to be savored in about 5 minutes.

Pizzeria Piccola’s 8-year anniversay specials run through May 21, 2011:

  • With purchase of an entrée, every group or individual order gets  one chance with the Magic 8 Ball.
  • Win food and other great prizes that can be redeemed immediately.
  • Not valid with any other coupon. No Cash Value. Expires last day of April, 2011.

Pizzeria Piccola
7606 W. State St
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Mon – Thurs 11am – 9 pm
Fri – Sat 11am – 10pm
Sun 4pm – 9pm

Delivery Hours:
Everyday from 5pm – 9pm


The Philly Way in Cudahy starts $5 Cheese Steak Mondays

Have the Monday blues? This should cheer you up as you wake up to snow on a Monday in mid-April.

The Philly Way in Cudahy has a new special — $5 Cheese Steaks all day long on Mondays!

Special includes Regular cheese steak only. Extra cheese/toppings are extra charge.

The Philly Way Cudahy
5430 South Packard Ave.
Cudahy, WI 53110

Monday-Tuesday 11am- 7pm
Wednesday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Sundays 12 Noon -5pm


Ron Faiola’s Wisconsin Supper Club Documentary Premieres this Weekend

Wisconsin supper clubs have been a dining tradition for generations, but as corporate chains increase, are these family owned establishments fading away or will they find a resurgence with their unique identities and scenic locations?

Wisconsin Supper Clubs – An Old Fashioned Experience shows why supper clubs are such a big part of Wisconsin’s food culture and the full experience of supper club dining: a brandy old fashioned sweet at the bar, relish trays at the table, huge portions of steaks, seafood and game, and the friendly, loyal customers who have been dining at their favorite places for so many years.

The “World Premiere” of the film will be held at the Times Cinema this Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.  The documentary runs 60 minutes and there will be a Q&A session with the film’s director Ron Faiola at each show.  Tickets are $8 and are available through the Times Cinema.  DVDs with bonus footage will be available at the shows.

Wisconsin Supper Club Trailer:

More Information:

Times Cinema
5906 W Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 453-3128


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