Of course, the art / decor in restaurants is not as important as the food and drink, but it does often have a lasting impression on us. Hence, here are five notable creations at local restaurants and cafes.Â
The big coffee cup atop Stone Creek Factory
Every time I see this, I think of the "Leave It To Beaver" episode when the Beav climbs into a big olâ€™ steamy cup of soup thatâ€™s part of a billboard advertisement. And that thought makes me want to climb inside the Stone Creek cup. Kind of like how I got to stand next to the Wisconsin Gas Light flame â€“ only more life threatening.Â
Maderâ€™s suits of armor
According to a sign in the German bar and restaurant, these suits are worth $20,000 and were worn by the Silver Knight of Augsburg in the 1500s. I wonder if anyoneâ€™s attempted to try them on after a few boots of bier?
The La Perla pepper
The quarter-eating pepper was created by celebrated Milwaukee artist Demitra Copoulos. Just don't jump on after too many margaritas or you might un-swallow into your sombrero.
The spoon and cherry at Koppâ€™s
This is a classic custard-shop creation that, unlike the pepper, is not ridable. Or climbable. Or a usable utensil. (Unless you're a giant or a Jumbotron.) Itâ€™s just there for your viewing pleasure.
The Burt Reynoldsâ€™ photo at the Safe House
In the ladies room of this spy-themed bar and restaurant, thereâ€™s a large, porno-style photo of Burt Reynolds with a metal heart covering his cannonballs. It seems like you can peek behind the heart, but if you try, well, letâ€™s just say the entire restaurant will know. But do it anyway. Gently.
Bobby Tanzilo | May 19, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. (report)
I used to like the mural of the town of Orvieto in Third Ward Caffe. I also like the mural at Calderone Club.
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