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1. A taste for National Wine Day
Today is National Wine Day - though I admit I celebrate this event considerably more than once a year - and it seems like the perfect time to share some of the wines I've been tasting lately.
2. Rare Steakhouse announces June opening date
The wait for Rare Steakhouse, a restaurant which specializes in USDA Prime steaks and exceptional wines, is coming to a close as the Noble Restaurant Group announces a June opening date.
3. Hello Falafel now open in Bay View
It's official. After a solid soft opening on Tuesday, May 17 during which the new shop sold over 100 falafel sandwiches in just over three hours, Hello Falafel is officially open to the public.
4. Cousins Subs rebrands, remodels
After 44 years in the sub shop game, Cousins Subs is rolling out a streamlined look and feel across all locations as it seeks to expand its footprint throughout the Midwest.
5. Chef Talk: Goodkind's Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down to chat with Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick of Goodkind about running a kitchen and restaurant as a business partners and life partners.
6. Northpoint Custard launches new season May 21 with free burgers
Northpoint Custard and Burgers on the lakefront will reopen on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. Get there early because the first 150 customers in line will get their burger for free.
7. Braise Leaders in Local Food series highlights Midwest chefs
During the months of May, June and July, Braise will host three dinners featuring Midwesterners who uphold a firm commitment to supporting and developing their local food systems.
8. Yelp names top 20 restaurants in Milwaukee
For the first time, Yelp has released a list of Milwaukee's top 20 restaurants. The picks are based on Yelp user ratings of the restaurants, taking into account both the overall number of stars and the total number of reviews. What do you think?
9. Pop-up at Morel will unveil Dandan
Dandan, the Chinese American concept opening this summer, has been the object of some serious buzz. But some of the mystery of the new restaurant will be unveiled at an upcoming pop-up event.
10. Dangerous development: Delivery now available on #CookieFriday
I told you a few months ago that Treat Bake Shop started an amazing new tradition called #CookieFriday during which it makes and sells amazing cookies. Well, the deal has gotten even better.
11. Vagabond celebrates Cinco de Mayo with street party
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Vagabond will host a street party outside its 1122 N. Edison St. location beginning today at 11 a.m.
12. Downtown Milwaukee needs which type of restaurant next?
As we look at the growth in greater Downtown, I think a place like City Winery could do well. It's unique, large and creates an experience that's missing in our market. But, what do I know? What do you think?
13. In search of the perfect pizza: Carini's La Conca D'Oro
The folks at Carini's La Conca D'Oro have a long and storied history, with roots in Italy. They serve up authentic Neapolitan pizza, along with other Italian dishes including a variety of seafood entrees.
14. Bartolotta's partners with MPS and Safe & Sound for upcoming fundraisers
Two Milwaukee organizations - chosen from over 60 applications - will be the recipients of funds from two upcoming galas hosted by Bartolotta's Care-a-lotta, the charitable arm of The Bartolotta Restaurants.
15. Milwaukee's Valentine Coffee opening in Emerald Row in Oak Creek
Valentine Coffee Company will be the newest tenant at Barrett Lo's Emerald Row, a mixed-use development, located at the corner of Drexel and Howell Avenues in Oak Creek.
16. The Simple Greek announces expansion plan to Milwaukee
The Simple Greek and Entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis announced this past week that they are bringing their new, fast casual restaurant concept, The Simple Greek, to 20 major metro markets, including Milwaukee.
17. Moveable Feast set for May 12
Eating and drinking inside the Milwaukee Public Museum isn't usually allowed. But for events like Moveable Feast and, of course, the annual Food & Froth Festival, it's embraced, encouraged and wonderful.
18. McDonald's brings back brats
Johnsonville brats - a popular offering which hasn't been served up in the Milwaukee area since 2009 - are back on the menu at McDonald's restaurants starting next week. Are you lovin' it?
19. I know the guy the $1 Jimmy John's sandwich promo is meant to thank
Jimmy John's is offering $1 sandwiches as a customer appreciation day promotion on April 21. And, although the offer is open to everyone, I can't help but think it was made for my old colleague, Mark.
20. Chef Talk: Hospitality Democracy Chef Alex Sazama
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down to chat with Chef Alex Sazama of Hospitality Democracy about how he leaps from cuisine to cuisine in each of the restaurants under his watch and more.
21. Dinner Lab suspends operations in Milwaukee and beyond
Despite its unique approach to fine dining and impressive expansion over the past few years, it looks as if Dinner Lab may have overextended its resources.
Tagged with: Dinner Lab Dish Crawl
22. Additional job fairs announced for staff at Mayfair Collection restaurants
The Bartolotta Management Group, in partnership with Phoenix Hospitality Group, has announced job fairs to recruit for all positions opening up this summer at The Mayfair Collection.
23. Pizza Man announces new location in Oak Creek
Oak Creek, prepare yourself for a slice of Pizza Man. As first reported by the Journal Sentinel this morning, the beloved pizza restaurant will open its third location on the south side of Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square.
24. Sendik's to open new location on Miller Park Way
This afternoon, Sendik's announced that the local grocer expects to open a new location this autumn on the east side of Miller Park Way.
25. A Taste of Italy slated for April 17
Get a taste of Italy - including favorites like arancini and calimari - while supporting the work of the Italian Community Center on Sunday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.