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1. First Look: Buddha Lounge
Buddha Lounge, 1504 E. North Ave., opened on Monday and OnMilwaukee.com stopped by to sample the sushi and drink an Asian beer or two.
2. Zoup! opening on the East Side
Zoup!, a soup restaurant franchise with more than 70 locations, will soon open in the new Avenir Apartments building, 1437 N. Jefferson St.
3. Combining a pair of Milwaukee traditions at Paulie's
Driving down Greenfield Avenue last week I spied the sign outside Paulie's Pub and Eatery, 8031 W. Greenfield Ave., in West Allis, and was reminded that trying the wings there was on my Milwaukee to-do list. Despite that salad in the fridge back at the office, I called an audible and pulled into the parking lot. Only when I sat down did I realize that it was Friday, which, of course, means fish fry. What to do? Well, improvise!
4. Chef Talk: Tochi's Gregg Des Rosier
Kyle Cherek interviews Tochi's Gregg Des Rosier.
5. Johnson parts ways with Harvest Market, launches Sustainable Kitchens
Today, Chef Justin Johnson announced that he will be parting ways with Harvest Market in Watertown in order to open Sustainable Kitchens, a business focused on elevating commercial and non-commercial food service operations.
6. Cheers to you, Ilario "Larry" Fazzari
Ilario (Larry) Antonio Fazzari passed away this weekend at age 57. Larry was one of the owners of Milwaukee's Calderone Club.
7. The National adds dinner service
Starting in mid-March, The National, 839 W. National Ave., will be open for dinner, according to owner Nell Benton.
8. Vietnamese banh mi restaurant XANKIA now open
Vietnamese restaurant XANKIA will open later this year, giving Downtown Milwaukee a new option in dining.
9. Wayward Kitchen Co. adds lunch
Starting Friday, Jan. 9, Wayward Kitchen Co. will be open for lunch weekdays at 11 a.m.
10. Go hog wild at Baconfest MKE
Don't pack away your holiday fat pants just yet, Milwaukee's fourth-annual Baconfest MKE will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino's Event Center.
11. In search of the perfect pizza: SALA
Rick's pizza journey takes him to SALA, where he talks sauce and tries one of the best pizzas he's ever had.
12. Agave Southwest Bar & Grill likely claiming España space
It looks like the former España Tapas House, 800 N. Plankinton Ave., with soon house a Tex-Mex restaurant. According to the BizTimes, TLA Investments LLC has applied for city licenses to open Agave Southwest Bar & Grill.
13. 6 events to help you eat and drink your way through winter
The holidays are over, and winter doldrums are certain to settle in. Here are six events to keep you eating and drinking your way through it!
14. 8 restaurants serving dinner on Jan. 1
Here are some places I've found that are open for the first dinner service of the 2015...
15. Carini's adds Neopolitan-style pizzas
Since opening in 1996, Carini's La Conca D'Oro has offered authentic Sicilian dishes. Soon, it will offer Neopolitan-style pizzas, too.
16. Replay closes, Rosati's pizza moving in
It was rumored for a while but now Replay Sports Bar has officially closed. Rosati's Pizza will move into the space on 2238 N. Farwell Ave.
17. Kohler classes inspire home cooks to think, cook and eat like a chef
Destination Kohler offers a delicious way to enhance cooking skills at the weekly Kitchens of Kohler Cooking Demonstration Series at the Demonstration Kitchen. January through April, chefs and guests interact in the intimate, informal working kitchen at The Shops at Woodlake to demonstrate chef-selected recipes from preparation to presentation to final tasting.
18. Trocadero changes ownership
Effective today, Trocadero Gastrobar, 1758 N. Water St., has changed ownership, moving from the Lowlands Group portfolio to the ownership group of its newly opened neighbors, Red Lion Pub.
19. First Look: Riverwest Pizza
Riverwest Pizza opened on Monday at 932 E. Wright St. and the classy yet casual bar and eatery appears to be a good fit for a neighborhood that was in need of more late-night, delivery and brunch options.
20. 8 things I learned about BW3
Though I've had a yen for wings of late, I'm not all that familiar with Buffalo Wild Wings, which before last week I'd visited exactly once, for this. Last week, flying solo for dinner with the kids, I was in the mood for wings and whether or not it's possible, I decided I wasn't going to bring them to McGinn's or Leff's or Club Garibaldi for dinner. We weren't far from the Mayfair Road BW3, so we stopped in. Here are a few things I learned.
21. Espana Tapas is closed
España Tapas House - opened in 2012 - is now closed.
22. Rice N Roll prepares to open on Farwell Avenue
The Rice N Roll Bistro will open in January at 1952 N. Farwell Ave. in the former House of Corned Beef.
23. Whatever happened to "may I please have?"
Come on, good people of Milwaukee, let's put an end to the phrase "I'll do the ...." It's "may I please have (or order) the honey wheat bagel?" "Thank you." That's how you place your order.
24. Meet me for brunch: New spots for weekend nourishment
Milwaukee brunch is a weekend tradition. Here are a few new places to try out on your next brunch rendezvous.
25. This local eatery is one of the "21 best new restaurants" in the country
Thrillist has issued its 2014 list of "The 21 Best New Restaurants in America." And, one Milwaukee restaurant makes the cut.