By Julie Lawrence Special to Published May 13, 2009 at 10:34 AM Photography: Whitney Teska

The near-Water Street bar formerly known as Fat Abbey Biercafe has apparently shed a bit of its winter weight just in time for summer. Co-owner Mike Eitel announced today that Diablos Rojos has decided to drop the word "Fat" from the bar and restaurant's name.

"We wanted to shed some of the stigma that we were a beer snob bar," says Eitel. "The Abbey has many unique beers on the menu, but it's not about being an expert, it's about trying things you may not have ever heard of or rediscovering an old favorite beer that may not be offered regularly at other bars."

The name change coincides with updated summer hours as well as an in-the-works revamped food and drinks menu. The Abbey Biercafe, 134 E. Juneau Ave., is now open for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon Sunday.


Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”