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The Dubliner was open for less than a year.
The Dubliner was open for less than a year.

The Dubliner is done

"Bar Month" at 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, bartender profiles and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

New Year’s Eve was the last night of business for The Dubliner, 124 W. National Ave., and recently, a "for sale or lease" sign appeared on the building.

Jerry Stenstrup, who also owns Steny’s, opened the Irish gastropub in March of 2010. The Dubliner featured a lengthy menu of traditional Irish fare along with Irish and local beers.

According to an employee at Steny’s, The Dubliner is closed for good.

Milwaukeeans make a mean cupcake.
Milwaukeeans make a mean cupcake.

Prepare for competitive cupcake-ing

The sprinkles, they claim, are gonna fly this weekend at Iron Cupcake Milwaukee's "Pro / Am Cupcake Clash."

The competitive cupcake competition takes place Sunday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (voting closes at 12:30 p.m.) at MSOE's Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway.

Duff Goldman from the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes" will be a special guest at the event, along with Food Network Cake Challenge competitors, Vinny and Michelle Garcia.

Tickets cost $6 and they are available at the door. Cupcake-tasting tickets are $1. Beverages -- from milk to beer -- will also be for sale.


Don't comb the streets for "Hair" tickets -- buy 'em!

The love-rock musical "Hair" celebrates the Age of Aquarius and more when it untangles on the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' stage Feb. 22-24. readers can receive a special discounted rate of $49 per ticket -- which is a 28 percent savings -- if you type in the password ONMKE when purchasing online tickets at

"Hair" was first performed in 1967 and has continuously toured ever since. The musical depicts the '60s hippie counter-culture that engaged in a "sexual revolution" and the anti-war peace movement. The controversial show features profanity, the use of illegal drugs and skimpily clad actors, which may give you more or less of a reason to check it out.

The "little" El Rey opened 35 years ago on Chavez Drive, which was then called 16th Street.
The "little" El Rey opened 35 years ago on Chavez Drive, which was then called 16th Street.

One El Rey market to open, another to close

Between buying bags of tortilla chips and eating a tamale in the El Rey cafe, I tracked down co-owner Ernesto Villarreal and asked him about the future of his chain of grocery stores.

Villarreal confirmed that his smallest supermercado, located at 1023 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr., will close at the end of February or early March.

"It depends on how quickly we sell our stock," he says.

The 35-year-old grocery store is closing because it's located across the street from the mega-sized El Rey, 916 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr., which opened in 2007.

"We have been planning to do this for a while," says Villarreal.

Villarreal also confirmed that a new El Rey grocery store will open in about six weeks on the corner of 51st Street and Oklahoma Avenue. The new store is about the same size as the other large-scale market, and will eventually feature a cafe.