By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Oct 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

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North Star American Bistro owners Duffy O'Neil and Mike Stoner bought  the Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton in May and now, after four months of getting to know the business and its clientele, the two have introduced new menus.

Everything, from lunch, brunch, dinner and dessert menus, got a makeover, O'Neil says. Among the changes are expanded salad, sandwich and burger choices, as well as a number of dishes that are prepared with the Milwaukee Brewing Company's craft beer.

"The idea was to introduce new menu items to attract a broader customer base, without alienating our existing loyal customers," said O'Neil in an email.

"The result is a menu that is focused on seasonal flavors and fresh ingredients. We are a brewpub, so great burgers, perfectly cooked fries, wings and a well-made craft beer still rule here. But, the community as a whole has really responded to our salads, entrees and sandwiches."

The brewpub has also expanded its happy hour, wine list and other specials and events, added Stoner, who adds that he and O'Neil will continue to tinker in the coming months with the new menus.

"The response has been positive," said Stoner, who serves as the restaurant's operations director. "Sales have increased because our existing customers were open to trying new things and word of mouth has spread to new customers in the area."

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.