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The Thirsty Duck's lanes will be similar to the lanes at Koz's Mini Bowl.
The Thirsty Duck's lanes will be similar to the lanes at Koz's Mini Bowl.

The Thirsty Duck promises pizza, duck-pin bowling

Good news for duck pin bowling / Koz’s Mini Bowl fans. Brothers Mark and Dan Zierath are opening a six-lane duck pin bowling alley and restaurant called The Thirsty Duck in what is now Pitch’s Baby Grand, 11320 W. Bluemound Rd.

Pitch’s will remain open through April and Dan says they will renovate the space and open on June 15.

"It’s all moving very quickly," says Dan.

The Zieraths also own both Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pubs, 11302 W. Bluemound Rd. and 1203 N. 10th St.

The Tosa-based Jackson’s is steps away from the future Thirsty Duck. Chef Jose Rodriguez, the current chef at Jackson’s, will also run the kitchen at The Thirsty Duck. The menu will focus on gourmet pizza and chicken.

"We will eventually offer a delivery service," says Dan.

According to Dan, Justin Koz, the owner of Koz’s Mini Bowl, 2078 S. 7th St., has been instrumental in helping to recreate similar duck pin lanes that will also feature human pinsetters.

"I’ve been going to Koz’s for 12 years," says Dan. "We’re really looking forward to offer more duck pin bowling in the Milwaukee area."

Flowers just weren't gonna cut it.
Flowers just weren't gonna cut it. (Photo: Christina Patrick)

Meet the "Brady Street cheater"

Last Saturday was a 50-something degree day that was perfect for biking, grilling, the St. Patrick’s parade and, apparently, confessing your sins at a busy intersection wearing nothing but tighty-whities.

103.7 KISS-FM was one of the first to post a photo of the phenomenon but I had to track down the man who quickly became hashtagged as #bradystreetcheater and, thanks to the miracle of Facebook, I found Dane Jensen.

Jensen says he was, indeed, the "Brady Street cheater" and that he spent about 30 minutes standing at the intersection of Brady and Van Buren Streets holding a self-made sign reading "I cheated because I'm a douche." 

"I did it because I cheated on someone," says Jensen. "It did produce the desired results; however, I was asked to respect the anonymity of the other members involved."

File this one away, fellas, for when you reallllllly eff up. But I might recommend boxers.

If Howard Shultz visits Milwaukee it might be in part due to the shooting of Dontre Hamilton near a Starbucks.
If Howard Shultz visits Milwaukee it might be in part due to the shooting of Dontre Hamilton near a Starbucks.

Is the Starbucks CEO coming to Milwaukee?

According to an employee of the Starbucks at 17980 W. Bluemound Road, CEO Howard Schultz is scheduled to visit the store and hold a meeting for employees only at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 790 N. Van Buren St., on Wednesday, April 1.

"This is hypothetically speaking," says the employee. "It could change at any time."

Yesterday, Starbucks – in partnership with USA TODAY – announced it will encourage baristas at 12,000 Starbucks locations to start customer conversation on the topic of race by writing the words "Race Together" on the coffee cups.

It is believed Schultz is visiting areas with particularly challenged race relations and chose Milwaukee because of the recent shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park which features a Starbucks.

At the time of this report, Starbucks media did not respond to a request for confirmation, but stay tuned to for more information about this when it becomes available.

Turtle sundae time?
Turtle sundae time?

9 cool Milwaukee business signs

Signs are important because they often lure us, or don't lure us, into businesses. Milwaukee has some great ones. Chime in with your favorites.

Ambassador Hotel
2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Avalon
2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Bob's Bait Shop
1126 S. 108th St. (closed)


2265 S. Howell Ave.

Grand Studio Photography
539 W. Mitchell St.

Leon's Frozen Custard

3131 S. 27th St.

Magikist Rug Cleaning
1844 W. Fond du Lac Ave.


3300 W. National Ave.

Nite Owl Drive-In

830 E. Layton Ave.