By Maureen Post Special to Published Apr 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Maybe it's the wild success of Trinity Three Irish Pubs or maybe it's the ferocity with which Milwaukeeans gulp down the Gaelic tradition, but no matter the reason, R.C. Schmidt continues to spread the Irish love.

Black Rose Irish Pub, 2856 N. Oakland Ave., opened last Friday in the space next to one of Schmidt's flagship restaurants, Oakland Trattoria.

A newly renovated space, Black Rose combines traditional Irish pub ambience with a classic bar food menu. Open daily at 11 a.m., this new East Side pub serves a full menu lunch and dinner seven nights a week.

"This is a great neighborhood and it's definitely going to be a great addition to the businesses already here," Tina Lukowitz, Schmidt's public relations manager, says.

Lukowitz says the menu features "Milwaukee favorites" like burgers and fish and chips.

Utilizing the space next to Oakland Trattoria, Black Rose spans two store fronts with two full bars, plenty of dark wood booths and a large screen television across the back wall. Each bar taps several regional and national beers with a special focus on local Water Street Brewery's Black Lager.

Check out Black Rose this weekend for plenty of opening specials on food and drinks.

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.