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Such a lovely space.
Such a lovely space. (Photo: Facebook)

Goodbye, Hotel Foster

The Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave., is closing, as reported yesterday by Milwaukee Record. The space formerly housed Live on North, Lava Lounge, The Globe, The Boardwalk and other night spots.

The Prohibition-era, hotel lobby themed bar’s last night is Saturday, Aug. 13, but it will reopen one last time on Thursday, Aug. 18 for a show from soul-pop-R&B artist Lex Allen.

The Hotel Foster opened in 2011 and is known for its antique decor, specialty cocktails and live music venue. Neighboring bars Yield and Nick’s House also closed in the neighborhood within the past few months.

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Another change for this space.
Another change for this space.

SITE 1A coming to Third Ward

A night club called SITE 1A will replace the Oak Lounge, 231 E. Buffalo St. It will remain under the same ownership.

According to an employee, it will close for a few weeks, undergo a renovation and then reopen with a new look and name. The opening is set for September. Oak Lounge opened in 2012 and before that it was BTW.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee as this story develops.

Beersicles: the frozen treat that made Milwaukee famous?
Beersicles: the frozen treat that made Milwaukee famous?

Beersicles hit the spot on a hot day at the fair

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Every year, I like to try something at the State Fair that doesn’t sound very tasty to me, just for the challenge of it. Last year, for example, I tried Big Sky Country’s deep-fried bull testicles – which tasted, no joke, a lot like chicken. 

This year, I went with "beersicles" from the new PBR Park. The Locally-owned Pete’s Pops crafted them, and although I am usually a fan of their products, I wasn’t sold on the concept of mixing brews with frosty snacks. I immediately liked, however, that frozen pops are naturally on a stick as opposed to so many other Fair foods that are forced on a stick.

"Slim McGinn and his wife, Jane Fox, contacted me about doing the pops after Jane had the idea," says Peter Cooney, owner of Pete’s Pops. "Then we worked together on the flavors and recipes. We still have a few more flavors in our back pocket for next year."

The beersicles cost $4.25 and come in two flavors: Pabst Blue Raspberry and Citrus Shandy. According to Cooney, there is 1.5 ounces of beer in each pop.

We expected the raspberry pop to be blue, but it wasn’t. Instead, it was a very natural deep red color. The first lick or two, I could taste a hint of the beer, but after a while, the strong raspberry flavor over-powered it, which was fine with me. The shandy pop was the opposite, the more I ate, the more I tasted the beer. Thankfully, neither were too beer-y.

Both were extremely refreshing, especially considering it was such a hot day, and I would definitely eat another PBRaspberry, which I favored over the shandy. It would be weird, however, to decline my kid a taste of my popsicle.

People's Books closes on Aug. 31.
People's Books closes on Aug. 31.

People's Books reaches last chapter

After 42 years in business in three different locations, People's Books Cooperative, 804 E. Center St., will close on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

According to Facebook and a note on the door of the building, the bookshop's lease was not extended.

Chris Chiu opened the shop in 1974 primarily for UWM students and readers from around the city looking for radical, alternative literature.

People's moved from its former location, 2122 E. Locust St., to its Riverwest home in 2012. Before Locust Street, the shop had been located at 1808 N. Farwell Ave.