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A rendering of what the brewery's exterior might look like someday.
A rendering of what the brewery's exterior might look like someday.

Update on Westallion Brewing Co.

Last fall, OnMilwaukee first reported that West Allis would welcome its first brewery, Westallion Brewing Co., in April 2016.

Recently, brewery co-owners Erik and Kim Dorfner pushed the date back, but hopefully by less than six months.

"The brewery is coming along nicely, though not nearly as quickly as I would have hoped," says Erik. "As for opening, I think we're still on track for a late summer or early fall opening."

Westallion Brewing Co. will open in a former storage facility at 1825 S. 72nd St. The 6,000-square foot space will feature the brewery, tasting room and beer garden.

Read more about Westallion Brewing Co. here. 

Parents don't (usually) get to pick their kid's passions.
Parents don't (usually) get to pick their kid's passions.

My son's passion for the Rubik's Cube and why most of us have never solved it

Like you, perhaps, I had a Rubik’s Cube when I was a kid. I got it for Christmas when I was in third or fourth grade, and for years I occasionally picked it up and tried to solve it.

Also like you, perhaps, I tried to solve it by completing one side at a time. I even got two sides completed, but I never got better than that, and I certainly never solved the thing.

Last year, my 12-year-old son, Levi, received a Rubik’s Cube and it was love at first twist. Within a couple of weeks, he solved it.

When I told him of my long-term cube ineptness, he enlightened me by saying I had approached it completely wrong – that it needed to be solved one layer at a time as in top, middle and bottom – not one side at a time. He also informed me that to solve the cube he had written out and memorized more than 50 algorithms.

It was then I came to terms with the fact I would never solve Rubik’s Cube.

My son "cubes" every day, for very long periods of time, and has done so for months. He is going to a competition this weekend in Dixon, Ill., and the nationals in Portland, Ore., this summer.

It doesn't matter how much I scramble the cube, Levi usually solves it in under 15 seconds, but has solved it just under 10 seconds a couple of times. That is his goal: to be "sub 10 (seconds)" with every attempt. 

The world’s record for the fastest cube solve is held by a 14-year-old named Lucas Etter, who finished in less than 5 seconds. I know it’s my job as a mom to believe in my kid, but I really think Levi might break Lucas’ record someday, mostly because I have never before seen Levi put such focus and fuel behind something.

I know he is awake every morning because I can hear the cube twisting in his room. I also know when he’s fallen asleep for the evening because the twisting stops.

Truth be told, I was hoping that my son would love learning an instrument or be a voracious reader – basically to be passionate about the things that I am passionate about. But this i…

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Joey Buona's is closed, but not for good according to the owners.
Joey Buona's is closed, but not for good according to the owners.

Joey Buona's closes, plans to reopen

In October, OnMilwaukee's Jeff Sherman started a dialogue regarding where Joey Buona's, 500 N. Water St., should move after the Italian restaurant's lease was up. Today, it was announced that after 14 years the eatery is closed, but there will be a new location.

Bob Maldonado of Joey Buona's says it's not time to disclose where, but confirmed they were looking in the "Milwaukee area." He also released the following statement:

"Due to our current expiring lease agreement, we have closed our doors at our current location permanently. We truly appreciate all of the support we have received from our loyal guests and from the city of Milwaukee ... On behalf of Joey’s Restaurant we want to thank you all for visiting and look to invite you back to our new location coming soon."

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.

Rumor has it ...
Rumor has it ...

Rumor Lounge is closed

According to a Facebook post, Rumor Upbeat Lounge, 161 W. Pittsburgh Ave., has closed.

The message read, "This is a difficult status to share, but Rumor will be closing, with the exception of privately reserved parties, effective immediately."

Christopher Surges opened Rumor in 2012. Surges is the current owner of Jack Rabbit Slims, which opened at the end of 2015.