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River Horse was once a popular party spot in Riverwest.
River Horse was once a popular party spot in Riverwest.

River Horse is closed

River Horse, a bar in Riverwest, closed yesterday. According to a message on Facebook, the bar -- formerly located at 701 E. Center St. -- is closed temporarily, but owner Scott Radke has yet to comment on the future of the popular corner tap.

River Horse opened in 2002 and hosted many neighborhood events, Packers' bashes and dance parties. Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for more information regarding the future of River Horse.

Huan Xi opened at the end of August.
Huan Xi opened at the end of August.

Huan Xi replaces Hop Sheng

A few weeks ago, Hop Sheng Chinese restaurant changed hands and now has a new name, Huan Xi.

The restaurant offers dine-in, carry-out or delivery service. Lunches start at $4.95 and most dinners are between $8 and $11. Online ordering is available.

The space is inviting and clean. It appears the dining room got a fresh coat of light green paint and six clothed tables fill the small but sunny space.

Huan Xi is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

 

Mizu is adorned with colorful murals, but it's still difficult not to look for the two clocks.
Mizu is adorned with colorful murals, but it's still difficult not to look for the two clocks.

Restaurant updates: Mizu unrolls; Blue Tomato almost ripe

The Blue Tomato Cafe, 2215 E. North Ave., will soon open inside the Clock Tower Building, just east of Jalisco's. The plan, at this point, is to open on Oct. 11.

"We hope to open then, but it depends on contractors," says co-owner Mitch Prejbeanu.

Prejbeanu says the Blue Tomato will serve healthy breakfasts, lunches and "early dinners" partially made from locally-sourced food.

"We're going to make it to the farmers' markets as much as possible," says Prejbeanu.

The Blue Tomato will serve salads, soups, sandwiches, breakfast foods, smoothies, Anodyne coffee drinks and a daily hot-dish special.

Mizu Japanese Hibachi Express Noodle House -- call it "Mizu" for short -- opened its doors on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Mizu, 1828 N. Farwell Ave., features dine-in, take-out and delivery service. (Delivery sushi!)

It is owned by mother / son team Michael Weng and Ming Luo who own Chopstix, a Chinese restaurant located a few doors to the south of Mizu.

Prices at Mizu -- which used to be a George Webb restaurant -- are affordable, with six-piece maki and sushi rolls ranging from $3.75 to $5.25 and most entrees between $7-10.

The edamame lacked flavor (perhaps not enough salt in the boiling water?) as did the vegetable rolls. However, the misu soup was very good, with nice-sized chunks of tofu. Tempura, teriyaki, hibachi dishes and a variety of noodle dishes are also on the menu.

 

 

The Iron Horse Hotel is a multi-award-winning, 100-room boutique hotel.
The Iron Horse Hotel is a multi-award-winning, 100-room boutique hotel.

Iron Horse nabs national award

The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St., was named "Boutique Hotel of the Year" by The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association, Hospitality Design Group and The Nielsen Company.

The Iron Horse Hotel was recognized for the "Boutique Hotel of the Year" award at a luncheon award ceremony today, Sept. 16., in Miami, Fla.

The Iron Horse beat out five other boutique hotels that were also nominated for the award: The Clifton Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.; The Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Ore.; The Keating Hotel in San Diego, Calif.; The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa in Sedona, Ariz.; and the Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Thailand.

The Iron Horse won based on six categories: design and architecture, sustainability, food and beverage, customer service, marketing and sales and operational performance.

Prior to this recent honor, The Iron Horse Hotel received the Four Diamond Award by AAA. It was also named to Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List, National Geographic Traveler's Stay List and Tablet 10, the Top 10 Best Hotels in the Americas.