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Antigua Coffee House joins Antigua Restaurant and Antigua Catering.
Antigua Coffee House joins Antigua Restaurant and Antigua Catering.
The large coffee shop is available for rentals.
The large coffee shop is available for rentals.

Antigua Coffee House now open

Eight years ago, Citlali Mendieta-Ramos and Nicholas Ramos opened Antigua Latin Restaurant, 5822 W. Burnham St.

Recently, the couple opened a new coffee shop, called Antigua Coffee House, at 813 S. 60th St.

"Our two business are near one another, but they are both different," says Mendieta-Ramos. 

The restaurant serves Latin, Cuban, Purto Rican and Spanish food. I've been there; it's good – but more relevant, an OnMilwaukee.com food writer went and liked it, too.

Antigua coffee house serves "American food" breakfasts and lunches, Monday through Friday, including breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, wraps, pastries, smoothies and Valentine coffee.

On weekends, the large cafe space is available for private parties and special events.  

The couple also provides catering and cooking classes for corporate team building.

It's beer garden time again, Milwaukee.
It's beer garden time again, Milwaukee. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
A view from beyond.
A view from beyond. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Brewmaster Scott Hettig. He already had the lederhosen.
Brewmaster Scott Hettig. He already had the lederhosen. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Classic beer garden entertainment.
Classic beer garden entertainment. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Light or dark?
Light or dark? (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Bigger than her head.
Bigger than her head. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Bigger than his head?
Bigger than his head? (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Happy customers.
Happy customers. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
The free-beer line.
The free-beer line. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Beer garden summer fun.
Beer garden summer fun. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
The beer garden is dog-friendly.
The beer garden is dog-friendly. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Fun for all ages.
Fun for all ages. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Tappin' the goods.
Tappin' the goods. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Say no more. Just enjoy.
Say no more. Just enjoy. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

First look: Humboldt Park beer garden

The beer garden at Humboldt Park opened tonight – just south of the bandshell – in a fashion similar to how the other local gardens have opened: with free beer.

At 6 p.m., Scott Hettig – the brewmaster at Saint Francis Brewing Company – tapped the ceremonial keg which resulted in steins of complimentary beer for a hundred-plus Milwaukeeans.

The craft beer menu includes Lust weissbier, Envy I.P.A., Wrath amber ale and a Gluttony seasonal which will change, aptly, with the season. A half-liter is $5; a liter is $10. Wine and maple root beer are also available.

Unlike other community beer gardens, visitors cannot bring in steins or glassware and there is a $6 per stein refundable deposit required. Hettig says he hopes this will change in the future.

Food is also available including a Bavarian cheese soup, Bavarian pretzel, hot dog, veggie dog and bratwurst. Guests can bring in their own food.

The beer garden will be open during Chill On The Hill, but guests cannot bring beer garden beer to the band shell area.

The Humboldt Park beer garden, which is a partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks and Saint Francis Brewing Company, will be open weekdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"We’re really excited to have this happen," says Hettig.

Hettig started out as a home brewer 17 years prior to becoming a professional brewmaster. He apprenticed at Rock Bottom Brewery in Milwaukee.

"At that point I realized there was not one aspect of this job I did not enjoy," he says.

Hat making. Not just for the under-12 crowd anymore.
Hat making. Not just for the under-12 crowd anymore.

Random fest guests #3

I’ve had a great time walking around Summerfest this year and randomly interviewing people who look like they know how to have a good time. Among others, I met a man who was "celebrating" his 214th consecutive visit to the Big Gig, two women giving out free hugs and a couple walking around in handmade Summerfest hats.

"We saw all these kids wearing hats and so we decided to get in on it," says Crystal who was visiting Summerfest with her husband, Kevin. 

The two went to The Kohl’s Captivation Station where they were the only adults diving into the craft making opportunities.

"We started out making buttons but then thought, what the hell, let’s make hats," says Crystal. "Actually, he made one first and then I got jealous and made myself one, too."

I love it when grown ups don’t act like grown ups.

Crystal and Kevin, who live in Racine, were attending Summerfest for the second time this year, to check out Ziggy Marley.

"Reggae sounded like a good idea," says Kevin.

They also came down to get a pizza cone. I was late to the game on this popular festival concession as I kept hearing the words "pizza cone" and yet had never tried one myself – nor was I entirely sure what it was.

"It’s a pizza crust wrapped up like an ice cream cone and filled with cheese and pizza toppings," says Crystal.

Suddenly it all made sense. And so I bought one from SoLo Pizza. Not bad.

 

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Bernard Sumner fronted New Order at Summerfest tonight. (Photo: David Bernacchi)
Bernard Sumner fronted New Order at Summerfest tonight. (Photo: David Bernacchi)
Tonight's show was sold out. (Photo: Summerfest.)
Tonight's show was sold out. (Photo: Summerfest.)
New Order performed a mix of old and new songs, along with a few Joy Division "covers." (Photo: Andy Tarnoff.)
New Order performed a mix of old and new songs, along with a few Joy Division "covers." (Photo: Andy Tarnoff.)
'Twas a great opportunity for longtime Joy Division / New Order fans. (Photo: Andy Tarnoff.)
'Twas a great opportunity for longtime Joy Division / New Order fans. (Photo: Andy Tarnoff.)

New Order revisits Summerfest after 25 years

Anyone with more than four Facebook friends is well aware that New Order – some of whose members were previously in Joy Division – gigged on the BMO Harris Pavilion stage at Summerfest tonight. (Were my five selfies with an empty stage behind me too much?)

Currently, New Order is on a mini tour promoting, well, nothing at all, really. The band released a B-sides compilation, "Lost Sirens," in 2013 but its last album came out in 2005 – and although it didn’t spawn coke piles of hits like records past, it has its share of addictive tracks without sounding dated.

It had been 25 years since New Order played in Milwaukee – in 1989 the group shared the stage with PIL and The Sugarcubes – a fact that New Order frontman Bernard Sumner reminded us of tonight.

If memory serves, the word-of-mouth reviews of the ‘89 show were not flattering. I remember a friend saying she would have been more entertained by a boom box blasting "Blue Monday" in front of a collection of cardboard cut-outs.

But that wasn’t the show we got tonight. Sumner, who is 58 years old, stood in the shadows with his bandmates for much of the performance, but delivered enough enthusiasm to fulfill a potentially once-in-a-lifetime concert opportunity for long-time fans. 

Sumner is a resilient character, a survivor who has managed to keep his sh*t together despite the suicide of former Joy Division bandmate / friend Ian Curtis and the downward spiral of Peter Hook, bassist in both bands.

It was inspiring to see him so strong tonight. Uncharacteristic of his younger self, he even clapped his hands over his head and offered genuine sentiments of gratitude to the crowd. 

Oh, how age changes us.

But fans had to wait for the goods, both old and new, to be delivered by Sumner and company.

Billed as an 8 p.m. show, New Order did not take the stage until almost 10 p.m. DJ Whitney Fierce opened the show for almost two hours and her beats seemed to drag on, at least for those of us who didn’t …

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