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OK, so Cafe Bavaria, 7700 Harwood Ave. in the heart of Tosa Village isn't exactly facing off with Cafe Hollander, 7677 W. State St., because they're owned by the same folks at Lowlands Group.
However, these two restaurant/bars quite literally face one another and a 3-year-old could throw a menu from one and likely hit the other.
Cafe Bavaria opens on Thursday, Feb. 13. A grand opening follows on Sunday.
On the restaurant's Facebook page, Lowlands says, "Cafe Bavaria is not your grandmother's German restaurant. Featuring warm German cuisine and beer, the party never ends at Cafe Bavaria."
But it is definitely your Lowlands German restaurant. As at Cafe Benelux Downtown, Cafe Bavaria will have a market attached, and there will be outdoor seating and soccer – Lowlands trademarks – of course, too.
The menus are online here and while pork schnitzel will be ready from the get-go, brunch lovers will have to wait until the following week to sample the restaurant's brunch wares, served until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The new place will be open weekdays, from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Food is served until midnight.
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 OnMilwaukee.com 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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.