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Goodbye, Treats.
Goodbye, Treats.

Treats Tavern closes this weekend

Treats Tavern, 2221 N. Humboldt Ave., will close for good on Saturday, Jan. 17. Owner Mark Smukalla passed away in April 2014 and his daughter, Erica Dennis, decided not to renew the lease.

The space has been home to a tavern for 120 years. I was late to the party and did not start stopping in occasionally until late 2012. I appreciated the diversity of the scene – always a comfortable blend of races and lifestyles. 

Bartender Jessica Schlitz will work on Treats' last night. "I will really miss the place. So many good people and good times," says Schlitz.

Get ready for dinners at The National.
Get ready for dinners at The National.

The National adds dinner service

Starting in mid-March, The National, 839 W. National Ave., will be open for dinner, according to owner Nell Benton.

Thi Cao, who is currently the chef at Buckley’s, 801 N. Cass St., will soon move to The National to work with Benton. The two are also life partners who got engaged in November.

Benton describes the new dinner menu as "nouveau American."

"It will represent both of our backgrounds," says Benton. "Thi is from Asia and I worked in Asia. We are both trained in classical French and have worked in a variety of different restaurants in different parts of the country."

Dinners will be served Tuesday through Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. The cafe will also remain open daily for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"I feel like this part of the Walker’s Point neighborhood – west of I-94 – is ready for growth," says Benton. "And it’s the right time for both Thi and me."

Stay tuned to for the exact date that dinner service at The National will begin.

Sugar Maple has 60 American craft beers on tap.
Sugar Maple has 60 American craft beers on tap.

Three local bars make's top 100

Recently, named its top 100 beer bars in America.

In the Midwest category, three Milwaukee bars were recognized for having a large selection of craft brews: Palm Tavern, 2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Roman’s Pub, 3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave.

Palm Tavern and Sugar Maple are both owned by Bruno Johnson and Adrienne Pierluissi. All three of the bars are located in Bay View.

Go here for the full list of winners. And say it with me: Mmmmm, beer.

Lunch it up with Megan and Tyler Mason.
Lunch it up with Megan and Tyler Mason.

Wayward Kitchen Co. adds lunch

Starting Friday, Jan. 9, Wayward Kitchen Co. will open for lunch weekdays at 11 a.m.

Chef Tyler Mason will introduce a new seasonal menu and a week-long promotion to "get everything kicked off right." Go to the Facebook page for offers and promotions. 

Wayward also serves dinner and weekend brunch.

I recently checked in with the Walker’s Point restaurant after its one-year anniversary at the end of 2014 during which time Mason promised lunch in early 2015. A man of his word. I like it.