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Renovations complete at Café at The Pfister; Grand Re-Opening Today

Photo credit: Pfister Hotel Milwaukee

Update: March 29, 9:02am:

For those of you who still haven’t seen it, here is your view inside the new Cafe at the Pfister. (Via Facebook)

March 28, 2011 at 9:07am:

After a 6 week renovation, the Pfister Café officially opened today at 6am for its Grand Re-Opening.

As we reported back on March 1, renovation plans for the space included incorporating a patisserie into the entrance of the café with casual seating and a barista counter. The patisserie area will feature in-house gourmet pastries and desserts from Chef Robert Ash and his culinary team.

The majority of the existing Café will remain as originally designed in order to retain the style and reputation it has earned throughout the years.

Lunch Specials today are as follows…

  • Grilled Strip Loin Slider w/Gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions
  • Icelandic Cod Fish Fry
  • Soup of the Day – Chipotle Corn Chowder

Café at The Pfister
http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/Cafe-Pfister/index.asp
424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 390-3830

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Weekend fire damages Iconic HI-FI Cafe sign

Over the weekend an electrical fire ruined the neon sign outside Bay View’s HI-Fi Cafe.

The good news no one was injured and there was no damage to the interior or exterior of the building.

The HI-FI Cafe hours will  not be affected.

HI-FI Cafe
http://www.hificafe.com/
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

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O’Lydia’s takes over Slim’s; Keeps some staples and adds her own thumb print

I recently had the chance to speak to Linda Sackett, the new owner of O’Lydia’s, formerly Slim’s on 1st, a Walkers Point staple since 1995. Linda offically became the owner of the business February 14, and then changed the name March 21.

Linda’s name may sound familiar — she ran the Brown Bottle inside the Historic Schlitz Brewery Building Downtown from 1992 to 2004 until Dean Cannestra and Libiamo took over the space.

Linda tells me she is excited about her new menu (including Sunday brunch).  She has added some things to give it her own thumb print but kept many of the favorites that the folks around Slim’s are used to — like Classic Rueben rolls, the Irish Beef Sandwich, and of course Slim’s famous Meatloaf.

On the appetizer side she added the Bruschetta, Blue Moon Onion Rings, Pineapple Shrimp, Steak Strips, Irish Soaker and a Reuben Dip. For sandwiches she added the Leg O’Lamb, the Cuban, the Country Western Turkey and the Nation Tuna Salad.  Linda has also expanded its salad offerings including a Pineapple Shrimp Salad.

Another new feature you will see are the three weekly dinner specials.  This past week’s specials (Mar 21-28)  included a Grilled Pork Loin with apple chutney and horseradish mashed potatoes, Grilled NY Strip with bleu cheese hash browns,  and BBQ’d Ribs, all served with vegetables and choice of soup or salad.

Linda says, “I am very proud of the fact that all of our sauces, dressings, soups, etc are made from scratch in our prep kitchen. Slim set the pace by offering excellent food and great service and I intend to keep it that way.”

O’Lydia’s will continue to offer a traditional Milwaukee Fish Fry as well as offering some specialty fish entrées, with a broiled and baked option.

Shuttles will continue to run to the remaining Bucks games and shuttles are already scheduled for Summerfest and Irish Fest.

Sunday Brunch will continue and so will its legendary open air patio

All Bloodies are all made from scratch, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, French Toast, Omelets (Seafood, Southwest, Farmers) all made to order.

Last week’s brunch specials included banana pancakes, biscuits and gravy with bleu cheese hash browns. This Sunday’s special is corned beef hash.

Brunch will be served every Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

O’Lydia’s Irish Pub
olydias.com
338 S. 1st Street
Milwaukee WI, 53204
(414) 271-7546

Monday – Saturday 11am-Close
Sunday – 10am-Close
Kitchen Closes at 10pm

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Pizza Man owners decide not to reopen business

The owners of Pizza Man, the iconic restaurant that was destroyed by a fire in January, 2010 have decided not to reopen the business, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

This past January, the owners had announced that they had found a new location for the business and would share the news later that month. Unfortunatly, this never happened.

To read the full article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel click here.

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Brian Ward taking over John Hawks Pub

After 40 years, it was announced today that John Hawks Pub, a Milwaukee Landmark, will be soon be getting a new owner

Robert Bell, John Hawk’s founder he has agreed to sell his business to Brian Ward, the owner of Ward’s House of Prime in downtown Milwaukee so he can retire in early May. Bell feels that Ward, who has been actively involved in every aspect of the restaurant industry since the age of 15, is the perfect person to continue Hawk’s legacy in Milwaukee.

“I’m honored that Robert has the confidence in me to continue the legacy he built here in Milwaukee and I’m looking forward to updating it to make it my own while keeping its original integrity,” says Ward. “John Hawks is a Milwaukee landmark and it’s great to be leading its rebirth for future success.”

Ward says he is excited about the purchase is planning on changing the restaurant’s current menu to feature many delicious homemade soups, fresh healthy salads and hearty sandwiches along variety traditional English fare.

The facility’s deli will also be enhanced to have more a New York style approach and appeal. Photo: John Hawk's Facebook page

Ward is planning on renovating the entire facility to give it more a contemporary English feel including adding more booths to the dining area and several large screen tvs to the bar area to make it more of a lounge area where people want to hang out. Ward also plans on adding many English and European beers for Milwaukee’s beer connoisseurs to enjoy as well as unique, upscale brands of scotch and whiskey.

History of John Hawks Pub:
John Hawks Pub opened its doors at 607 North Broadway in downtown Milwaukee in 1971. The pub quickly became a popular downtown establishment and in 1973 Mayor Henry Meier awarded the pub the city’s Beautification Award.  In 1986, Hawks was remodeled and enlarged to accommodate 275 patrons.

John Hawks made a historic move to Milwaukee’s most prestigious address, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave. in September of 1990. In 1991, the Riverwalk Patio opened and Milwaukee’s 1st Riversplash Festival was held. The attention was on the patio in 1993, when a duck name Gwen made it her nesting home. Hawks received The Gertie Riverwalk Award in 1993 “For contribution and support to make Milwaukee Riverwalk District a Better Place to Visit, Work and Live.”

John Hawks Pub
http://www.johnhawkspub.com
100 E Wisconsin Ave # 1
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4107
(414) 272-3199

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West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe taking over Bella’s Fat Cat space

The West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe will take over the vacant space left by Bella’s Fat Cat at 2975 N. Oakland Ave.  Bella’s closed this location in late, 2010.

The local Cheese & Sausage Shoppe currently operates two other locations, one in West Allis, and the other in the Milwaukee Public Market Downtown. It’s original West Allis Shoppe was recently renovated due to fire.

West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe has maintained old world service making its stores a family shopping tradition for over 40 years, selling only the finest selections of award winning cheeses manufactured by the best cheese artisans the dairy state offers.

The West Allis Cheese Shoppe's Milwaukee Public Market location.

The new location plans to carry over 300 varieties of cheese (just like Downtown), many of which are award-winning. In addition to its Wisconsin cheese and imported cheese, they also carry a complete offering of hand made sausages, brats and Bavarian style meats made from traditional recipes.

Also on the menu at the new location … Freshly brewed Sven’s Coffee and an expansion  of its specialty sandwich menu from its Milwaukee Public Market location. They will also utilize the equipment left by Bella’s Fat Cat and offer Frozen Custard.

The new space also has twelve tables for dining and will offer outdoor seating during the warmer months.

A grand opening is planned for next Wednesday, March 30. We recommend calling 414-962-5455 to confirm they are still planing to open on this date.

West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe
2975 N. Oakland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-962-5455
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 6:30am-10pm, Sunday 8am-6pm (Sunday they will sell a 1 LB. of hot ham with 6 free rolls)

West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe
6832 West Becher Street
West Allis, WI 53219
Phone: 414-543-4230
Hours: Monday thru Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Allis Cheese Shoppe at Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-289-8333
Hours: Monday thru Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Milwaukee’s Classic Nite Owl Drive-in re-opens today

The Nite Owl Drive-in, a classic ice cream parlor and burger joint serving Milwaukee since 1948 re-opens today. Nite Owl tradtionally closes for the season around the first week of December (depending on the weather) and re-opens right after St. Patrick’s Day.

For more than 60 years this classic has been serving up some of the city’s best old-fashioned ice cream, burgers, sandwiches, ice cream sodas, sundaes, malts and shakes.

Step back into time at the Nite Owl Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-6:45pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Nite Owl Drive-In
830 E. Layton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 483-2524

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Care-A-Lotta, charitable arm of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group plans Japan fundraiser

Care-A-Lotta is planning a fundraiser April 3 for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  This will be the first such event in the Midwest, and one of the first nationally.

Bartolotta Restaurants, owned by brothers Joe Bartolotta and double-James Beard Award winning Chef Paul Bartolotta, are once again organizing a charity event to help those in need.  Past events have included the 9/11 Fundraiser for New York, and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Twenty top restaurants from Wisconsin and Chicago, joined by guest star national chefs will each serve one Japanese-themed food item, in the beautiful and historic Grain Exchange Room.   Guests will enjoy donated white wines and Champagnes, as well as sake and Japanese beers.  There will be Japanese music and art, and a culinary/wine silent auction, featuring items donated by Chefs Morimoto, Nobu and Roy Yamaguchi.

Additionally, participating restaurants will have collection “lanterns” at their home restaurants, and a signature artistic t-shirt and poster will be sold. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, designated for Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund.

Guest Chefs include Tim Cushman , Chef/Owner, o ya of Boston.  Tim is a James Beard Nominee this year for Best Chef North East.  O ya is the #1 Restaurant in Boston, and in 2008 was the New York Times- Best New Restaurant in the US, Food & Wine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants- World.

Yves Roubaud, Executive Chef/Partner and Naoki Nakashima, Sushi Chef, Shaw’s Crab House Chicago.  Shaw’s is the busiest seafood restaurant in the Midwest, and since the addition of the sushi bar overseen by sushi master Nakashima, one of the busiest sushi servers as well.

Local restaurants participating include (partial list as of March 21, 2011):

  • Sanford
  • Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant
  • Harbor House
  • Mason Street Grill
  • Kil@wat
  • Milwaukee Chop House
  • Ru Yi
  • Riversite
  • Coquette Cafe
  • Meritage
  • Roots
  • Screaming Tuna
  • Muramoto (from Madison)
  • Grain Exchange
  • Machi Produce
  • Cold Spoons Gelato
  • Classy Girl Cupcakes

So, please tell your friends and mark your calendar now for Sunday, April 3 2011  from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Photo: The Bartolotta Restaurant Group

Event Information:
Tickets are $75 and include all food and 3 drink tickets.  Cash bar also available. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday, March 22 by calling 414-727-6980 or online at shop.bartolottas.com.

The Grain Exchange Room
http://www.bartolottacatering.com/grain/
225 E. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Care-A-Lotta
http://www.bartolottas.com/docs/carealotta.htm

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Sanford’s Justin Aprahamian James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef, Midwest

As we reported back in February, two Milwaukee-area chefs were nominated for two James Beard Awards.

Justin Aprahamian of Sanford was a semi-finalist for Rising Star of the Year and Best Chef, Midwest.  Dan Van Rite of Hinterland  was nominated as well for Best Chef, Midwest.

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced that Chef de Cuisine Justin Aprahamian has advanced from semi-finalist to finalist for Best Chef, Midwest.

Finalists for Best Chef, Midwest:

  • Justin Aprahamian, Chef de Cuisine of Sanford in Milwaukee.
  • Tory Miller, Chef/co-owner of L’Etoile in Madison
  • Isaac Becker, Chef/co-owner of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa in Minneapolis
  • Lenny Russo, Chef/co-owner of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul
  • Colby Garrelts of Bluestem in Kansas City

This year’s five nominees for Best Chef Midwest (one of 10 regional chef awards) were selected from a group 20 semifinalists.

The final James Beard Award winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception in New York on May 9, 2011 at Lincoln Center.

Sanford Restaurant
http://www.sanfordrestaurant.com/
1547 North Jackson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
(414) 276-9608
Hinterland Erie Street Gastro Pub
http://www.hinterlandbeer.com/restaurantmilwaukee.shtml
222 East Erie Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
(414) 727-9300

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Bartolotta’s Harbor House adds Sunday Brunch

Photo: The Bartolotta Restaurants

Starting this weekend, Harbor House (550 N. Harbor Dr.) on Milwaukee’s lake front will begin serving its new Sunday brunch.

Served from 10:30am -2pm,  the restaurant will feature four different stations; a Chilled Seafood & Salad Table, Breakfast Table, Lunch Table, and Dessert Table.

CHILLED SEAFOOD & SALAD TABLE:

  • Fresh Oysters and Top Neck Clams on the Half Shell with Classic Cocktail Sauce, Lemon Wedges, Shallot Mignonette and Tabasco Sauce
  • Harbor House Ceviche with Citrus and Honey Vinegar
  • Chilled Shrimp Cocktail with Lemon and Classic Cocktail Sauce
  • House-Smoked PEI Mussels with Mango, Red Onions and Frisee Lettuce
  • Fresh NY-Style Bagels and Pumpernickel Bread with Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout, Plain, Honey Almond and Chive Cream Cheese, Red Onions and Capers
  • Traditional Caesar Salad with Anchovy, Shaved Parmesan and Garlic Croutons
  • Iceberg Lettuce Wedge with Blue Cheese Dressing, Bacon Croutons,  Cucumbers and Red Onion
  • Spinach Salad with Dried Figs, Prosciutto and Sherry Vinaigrette
  • Seafood Pasta Salad, Cherry Tomato, Radicchio, Cucumber and Lemon-Herb Oil
  • Selection of Cured Meats: Prosciutto, Salami, Coppa, Grainy Mustard, Cornichons
  • Sliced Melon, Pineapple, Banana and Mixed Berry Fruit Platter
  • Vanilla Yogurt and Toasted Granola Parfait with Honey and Marinated Fruit
  • Selection of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Fruit Compotes and Crackers
  • Assorted Breads, Croissants, Muffins and Danishes

BREAKFAST TABLE:

  • Made to Order Eggs Benedict: A Choice of Canadian Bacon, Crab Cake or Smoked Salmon on an English Muffin with Herbed Hollandaise
  • Made to Order Omelettes: Cherry Tomato, Red Onion, Sauteed Mushrooms, Spinach, Bell Peppers, Ham, Rock Shrimp, Lump Crab, Chorizo, Cheddar, Swiss
  • Breakfast Potatoes with Bell Peppers, Onions, Thyme and Garlic
  • Apple Wood Smoked Bacon
  • Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage
  • Made to Order Belgian-Style Waffles with Fruit Compote, Chantilly Cream and Maple Syrup

LUNCH TABLE:

  • Sliced Roasted Angus Beef Top Sirloin with Beef Jus and Horseradish Cream
  • Sliced Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with Green Peppercorn Gravy
  • Cedar-Planked Baked Atlantic Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Mustard Mayonnaise
  • Harbor House Lobster Pot Pie with Pearl Onions, Carrots and Flaky Pastry
  • Seasonal Soup Selection
  • House-Made Potato Puree
  • Fresh Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables

DESSERT TABLE:

  • Harbor House Key Lime Pie
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Warm Fresh Fruit Cobbler
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Creme Caramel
  • Assorted Fruit Danish
  • Penny Candy Bar
Price: $39.95 Adults, $15.95 Children 4-12
Hours: Served Sunday from 10:30am- 2pm
Reservations: 414-395-4900

Photo: The Bartolotta Restaurants

Harbor House
http://www.harborhousemke.com
550 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-395-4900

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