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Angelo Mortellaro is ready to retire.
Angelo Mortellaro is ready to retire.

Who's gonna take over Angelo's Lounge?

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Stoli Vodka, Altos Tequila, Fireball, OR-G, Jim Beam, Plymouth Gin and 2 Gingers – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Angelo’s Lounge, 1686 N. Van Buren St., is available for lease. The block first said farewell to long-time tenant Libby’s – soon to be Van Buren’s Whiskey Bar & Grill – and now it looks as though Angelo’s will change hands, too.

"It's been a very hard decision, but my father's finally decided that it's time to retire. He loves the music and camaraderie of Angelo's, but unfortunately his health is making it harder and harder to make it there on a consistent basis," Angelo Mortellaro, Jr., wrote on Facebook.

Angelo Mortellaro, Sr. opened the bar in 1984. In 2014, filmmaker Kara Mulrooney’s short film "An Evening At Angelo’s" appeared in the Milwaukee Film Festival. 

There are already rumors of piqued interest by a local bar owner or two, but only time will tell what will become of the iconic piano lounge.

Jimmi T. strumming on the Bud's patio.
Jimmi T. strumming on the Bud's patio.

Barnacle Bud's is back!

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The patio will be blanketed in snow, but Barnacle Bud’s, 1955 S. Hilbert St., reopens on Friday, Feb. 27. Luckily, there’s a warm, dry structure next to the patio for us to reacquaint ourselves with Bud’s.

The bar and restaurant will be open only on weekends for a while – Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eventually, when temperatures rise, it will be open every day, but that exact date has not been announced.

On Sunday, March 1, Barnacle Bud’s will host a re-opening party at 1 p.m. featuring house performer Jimmi T. Translation: prepare to sing along to "American Pie." 

Barnacle Bud’s won Best Bar Patio / View in the 2015 OnMilwaukee.com Best Of awards. Less officially, it’s on my short list of places and events that define Summer In Milwaukee. See you there.

In 2014, Arab World Fest ran Aug. 8-10.
In 2014, Arab World Fest ran Aug. 8-10. (Photo: Facebook)

Arab World Fest disbands

Arab World Fest – an annual festival held on the Summerfest grounds celebrating the music, food and culture of the 22 Middle Eastern countries – will no longer happen.

According to the president of the festival’s board of directors, Ihsan Atta, the festival isn’t ending due to low attendance.

"There has always been a feeling of momentum at Arab World Fest and attendance has always been good, but it was difficult to find enough volunteers to run the festival because our community is small and people travel a lot in the summer," says Atta.

Atta says that because of other life and work demands, the festival's few dedicated volunteers felt they would be unable pull off a quality event and therefore decided it was time to end it.

Arab World Fest started in 1998 and took place in August or September. It was cancelled in 2001 due to Sept. 11 and a few other years because it conflicted with Ramadan.

"We’re sorry to see it end, but it’s the best choice considering the challenges," says Atta.

Stop by Old German Beer Hall on Monday and get one free Usinger's sausage. Prost!
Stop by Old German Beer Hall on Monday and get one free Usinger's sausage. Prost!

Fred Usinger Day means free suds and sausages

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The 8th annual Fred Usinger Day at the Old German Beer Hall takes place on Monday, Feb. 23 which means it’s a day to celebrate the legacy of Usinger's sausages by consuming free sausages and beer.

It’s true – in honor of the successful business that started in 1880, the Old German Beer Hall – located across the street from the original Usinger’s store at 1009 N. Old World 3rd St. – will serve up free sausages from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or while supplies last.

At 6 p.m. Frederick "Fritz" Usinger IV will tap a keg of Hofbräu Märzen beer to continue the celebration for those 21 and over.

The event will also include live music from Ferdinand Buchel & Tony Gorenc at 11:30 a.m. and the Brewhouse Polka Kings from 4:45 to 8 p.m.

"The Usinger family and their sausage are iconic in the city's history. They embody the perseverance and success of German immigrants in Milwaukee," says Hans Weissgerber III, owner of the Old German Beer Hall. "Usinger's is an international brand, visitors from around the world make a visit to Old World Third Street in large part because of their outstanding sausage."

Should be lederhosen fabulous. See you there?