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Turtle sundae time?
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9 cool Milwaukee business signs

Signs are important because they often lure us, or don't lure us, into businesses. Milwaukee has some great ones. Chime in with your favorites.

Ambassador Hotel
2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.


The Avalon
2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.


Bob's Bait Shop
1126 S. 108th St. (closed)


Lulu

2265 S. Howell Ave.


Grand Studio Photography
539 W. Mitchell St.


Leon's Frozen Custard

3131 S. 27th St.


Magikist Rug Cleaning
1844 W. Fond du Lac Ave.


Mamie's

3300 W. National Ave.


Nite Owl Drive-In

830 E. Layton Ave.

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Thanks, Bob. And cheese.
Thanks, Bob. And cheese. (Photo: Facebook)

Bob gets beer: a beautiful social media moment on Brady Street

In my line of work, I get faced with what I call "Milwaukee entertainment emergencies." This means that sometimes I drop what I'm doing and respond to breaking news. I’ve run into restaurants wearing my ugly glasses and "indoor pants" for a scoop; I’ve taken a sleeping toddler into a noisy bar to grab a quote.

It’s not always like this, luckily for my sleeping children, but when duty calls, I do what I gotta do. And I’m just crazy enough to love it.

Earlier this week, I was knocking out an article at a Brady Street bar and I realized I didn’t have a photo card reader. At first, I thought I was going to have to go all the way back to my Walker’s Point home to get one, which would mean the article would get posted a half hour later than I planned.

Instead, my partner posted to social media, asking if anyone in the Brady Street area had a photo card reader, and within five minutes, Facebook friend (and now real-life friend) Bob Gregory was there, smiling with a card reader in hand.

The story was posted within minutes. Milwaukee got its entertainment news. And Bob got a beer.

Guinness potato chips may or may not be available in Milwaukee.
Guinness potato chips may or may not be available in Milwaukee.

Guinness potato chips appeal to most at Irish Pub

As a fan of Guinness beer, I was eager to try the new Guinness potato chips. Hence, I was stoked when the makers of the chips – Burt’s British Hand Cooked Potato Chips located in England – sent me a case of both the original flavor and the rich beef chili variety.

Although I was tempted to keep all of the crisps for myself, I decided to share and get some random opinions from Guinness drinkers on this beer-inspired potato chip. (Sprecher issued bags of potato chips in 2011.)

Where and how you can get Guinness chips in the United States, namely Milwaukee, is a bit unclear. People reported seeing them at Metro Market, 1123 N. Van Buren St., as well as Sendik’s, 4027 N. Oakland Ave., but when I called these grocery stores, both said they did not stock the product. You can also order them via Amazon here

"They don't know what they are talking about," says Matt Koster. "They are in Metro Market's 'fake British' section near the Spotted Dick."

Anyway, as for the taste of the chips ... Personally, I found them to be quite good. The bottom line is that if you like kettle chips, you will most likely dig these, as well. The chili chips – which do not have any meat products in them whatsoever – taste like a Guinness stew in chip form and the regular style, although tasting nothing like Guinness beer, have a zippy and unique flavor that’s savory with a hint of sweet.

We ventured to The Irish Pub, 124 N. Water St., during happy hour on Friday and offered bags of Guinness chips to people enjoying a Guinness pint. Liking Guinness beer seemed to have nothing to do with whether or not people approved of the chips. A few people didn't care for the "rich beef chili" name,  even though it was appealing in flavor. "It sounds … explosive," said one sampler.

However, almost everyone who tried Guinness potato chips gave ‘em a thumbs up. See?

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"Sherm" celebrates his new space.
"Sherm" celebrates his new space. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
A full house for the soft opening.
A full house for the soft opening. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Champion's owner Bobby Greenya toasts the Hook.
Champion's owner Bobby Greenya toasts the Hook. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Lee Guk (right) of Lucky Joe's Tiki Lounge breaks it down.
Lee Guk (right) of Lucky Joe's Tiki Lounge breaks it down. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Shuffleboard. A nod to Champion's Pub, perhaps?
Shuffleboard. A nod to Champion's Pub, perhaps? (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

First look: Junior's Hook

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Stoli Vodka, Altos Tequila, Fireball, OR-G, Jim Beam, Plymouth Gin and 2 Gingers – 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, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Last night, Matthew "Sherm" Sherman hosted a soft opening for his new bar, Junior’s Hook, located at 1517 S. 2nd St. OnMilwaukee.com reported on the opening earlier this month. 

"It’s a dream come true. I wanted to own a bar since I was 22 years old," says Sherman. "I learned so much working for great people."

Prior to opening Junior’s, Sherman spent 10 years behind the bar at Champion’s Pub, 2417 N. Bartlett Ave. Champion’s owner Bobby Greenya was one of the many people who showed up to support Sherman’s new venture.

"I'm going to miss him, he’s like a family member to me, but I am thrilled he has his own place," says Greenya.

Junior’s Hook offers a wide variety of bottled and draft beers, along with a stellar selection of bourbons and Scotch. The space is still a work-in-progress and Sherman plans to host a grand opening party after he finishes the decor and gets his new sign.

"I love the history of this space," says Sherman. "It was the original Monkey Bar, The Bomb Shelter – it’s great to be here."

Junior’s Hook is open seven days a week at 4 p.m. It will open earlier for Packers games.