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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.

Little Ginny makes an adorable cheesehead.
Little Ginny makes an adorable cheesehead.
Waylon in his Packers ensemble. Oh yeah.
Waylon in his Packers ensemble. Oh yeah.
Looks like wee James really is saying, "Go Pack!"
Looks like wee James really is saying, "Go Pack!"
Vincent passed out after the game, like many of you.
Vincent passed out after the game, like many of you.
Emerson's dad refers to him as "the smallest Packers backer."
Emerson's dad refers to him as "the smallest Packers backer."
One reader pointed out that "kids" don't have to be human. This is Naima and, according to her mom, she loves Aaron Rodgers.
One reader pointed out that "kids" don't have to be human. This is Naima and, according to her mom, she loves Aaron Rodgers.
Cooper for the tackle.
Cooper for the tackle.
Liam is a total cheesehead.
Liam is a total cheesehead.
Ta da! It's Scout!
Ta da! It's Scout!
Sorry, Nigel, but your team got stomped on. (OK, that's an overstatement, but ...)
Sorry, Nigel, but your team got stomped on. (OK, that's an overstatement, but ...)
Packer sibs unite: Sophia, Adler and Izzy!
Packer sibs unite: Sophia, Adler and Izzy!
Asher was nervous when the Packers were unraveling during the third quarter. He came back around a little later.
Asher was nervous when the Packers were unraveling during the third quarter. He came back around a little later.

So cute: photos of kids in Packers gear

One of the most fun aspects of parenting is getting to dress your baby or toddler in whatever you want. Including merch from your favorite Green Bay-based football team.

Nobody really knows if little Rocky is a Packers fan, but his mom and dad are, so until he can voice otherwise, he’s sporting the green and gold. And you know what? It looks really, really  cute.

So, if you have a photo of your kid in Packers gear and want it included in this Packers Kids Wall of Fame, e-mail it to me. And then get yourself another coffee. Between parenting and Sunday night Super Bowl action, you really need it.

This 200-year-old bar did not have a single lightbulb, but the owners installed a TV.
This 200-year-old bar did not have a single lightbulb, but the owners installed a TV.

What I learned from The Saints

This fall, while hanging out in New Orleans, I came to the conclusion that football was taking over the world and there's nothing I can do about it. It happened at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, a bar in the French Quarter that was built in 1772 and believed to be the oldest bar in the United States.

My friend told me, before we got there, that one of the most interesting features of Lafitte's was that it did not have electricity and that at night, people sat around in the dark drinking by minimal candle light.

We went there during the day, and when I first got there,  I was captivated by the appearance of the over-200-year-old structure featuring rustic wood, brick walls and stone floors.

And then I noticed the flat screen TV on the wall.

"I thought this place didn't have electricity?" I said to the bartender.

"And then The Saints went to the Super Bowl," he said.

Most of the city is closed, but not the Holton Street liquor store. Hooray for PBR and snow days.
Most of the city is closed, but not the Holton Street liquor store. Hooray for PBR and snow days.
My alley. The murals look particularly colorful today against the whiteness.
My alley. The murals look particularly colorful today against the whiteness.
Another alley shot.
Another alley shot.
My Deville is under there somewhere.
My Deville is under there somewhere.
A "waterfall" of icicles spills from the corner daycare. Bummer.
A "waterfall" of icicles spills from the corner daycare. Bummer.
Frozen veggies, anyone?
Frozen veggies, anyone?
My own place is under a foot of snow, but we at least "shoveled" out the birdhouse. Is that a hairy or a downy woodpecker?
My own place is under a foot of snow, but we at least "shoveled" out the birdhouse. Is that a hairy or a downy woodpecker?
Fence shot.
Fence shot.
I find this daunting.
I find this daunting.
An OnMilwaukee.com reader made this ski mask for me after reading my "ski mask" blog. It is perfect for today.
An OnMilwaukee.com reader made this ski mask for me after reading my "ski mask" blog. It is perfect for today.

Scenes from Blizzardwest

In case you haven't seen enough photos of snow and ice today, here are a bunch more. These were taken a few minutes ago on my Riverwest block, while I procastinated shoveling out my car.

Too early for Bailey's and hot chocolate? Eh, probably.