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1. Fred Usinger Day means free suds and sausages
The eighth annual Fred Usinger Day at the Old German Beer Hall takes place on Monday, Feb. 23. It's a day to celebrate the legacy of Usinger's sausages by consuming free sausages and beer.
2. Bella Caffe co-owner Tim Talsky passes away
The Third Ward awoke to some sad news this morning. According to an email sent out by Nancy O'Keefe, executive director of the Historic Third Ward Association, Bella Caffe co-owner Tim Talsky passed away Thursday night.
3. Wrights Burgers & Wings coming to former American Euros space
Wright's Burgers & Wings will soon fill the space vacated by American Euros on Oakland Avenue near UWM.
4. Love Handle will close March 21
Love Handle sandwich shop on North Avenue on Milwaukee's East Side will close its doors March 21.
5. Chubby's Cheesesteaks preps second location
After eight years on the East Side at 2232 N. Oakland Ave., Chubby's Cheesesteaks is branching out. Yesterday, the sandwich shop announced that it will open a second location on Miller Park Way in West Milwaukee.
6. Botanas II sets March 2 as grand opening date
Last September, it was reported that Botanas II would open at the former Patio Banquet Hall at 1421 E. Howard Ave. Now, the Mexican restaurant has an official grand opening date.
7. Strada Pizza opening soon in Bay View
Strada Pizza will soon open at 2301 S. Howell Ave. in the former Mr. Webo's spot.
8. Chef Talk: Le Reve's Andy Schneider
In his latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek interviews Le Reve's Andy Schneider.
9. Local Stone Creek barista heads to national coffee competition
With only two years experience "pulling shots" of espresso at Stone Creek Coffee, T. Benjamin Fischer is heading to the U.S. Coffee Championships in Long Beach, Calif.
10. 5 brunch cocktails to die for
Milwaukee takes its brunch seriously. Even more serious? The cocktails that come with it! Here are 5 options to try beyond the traditional Bloody Mary.
11. Butch's Steak House closing soon
After more than 30 years in business, Butch's Old Casino Steak House, 555 N. James Lovell St., is closing.
12. Keiser named new Culver's CEO
Phil Keiser, president and chief operating officer of Culver Franchising System, Inc., will become chief executive officer and president, effective June 15.
13. Artisan 179 opens today in Pewaukee
A new restaurant, Artisan 179, arrives today in Pewaukee, taking over the spot of the former Lakefront Grille and previously Piano Blu.
14. Red velvet Oreos reap mixed reviews
The limited edition red velvet Oreo came out this week and we gave 'em a whirl.
15. In search of the perfect pizza: National Pizza Pub and Grille
This month's installment of Rick's quest for the perfect pizza takes him to ... the lower level of a Best Western?
16. Colectivo's Troubadour Bakery debuts new donuts
Colectivo's Troubadour Bakery debuts new donuts, in three flavors at three of its cafes, this weekend.
17. New happy hour event Taste & Toast coming Downtown in March
This morning, Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 announced its first ever Taste & Toast, a new happy hour event spread across more than 25 Downtown bars and restaurants. The promotion, which runs from Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6, will feature specially priced small plates, appetizers and drinks - alcoholic and otherwise - from 4 until 7 p.m.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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!
21. Chef Talk: Tochi's Gregg Des Rosier
Kyle Cherek interviews Tochi's Gregg Des Rosier.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. Vietnamese banh mi restaurant XANKIA now open
Vietnamese restaurant XANKIA will open later this year, giving Downtown Milwaukee a new option in dining.