By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Mar 16, 2017 at 3:01 PM

Bay View will soon have its very own burger joint in the form of Crafty Cow, a restaurant specializing in Jucy Lucy style burgers, cheese curds and creative appetizers. 

However, in the days before Crafty Cow officially opens its doors at 2671 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View, sister restaurant Bumstead Provisions will host a Crafty Cow pop-up featuring the mad skills of Chef Shay Linkus from The Vanguard.

Linkus will collaborate with Crafty Cow Chef Greg Gannaway on a special burger menu, which will showcase some of what’s to come at the forthcoming restaurant.

The pop-up will take place on Friday, March 31 from 10 p.m. to midnight and will feature drink specials including $3 tallboys and $3 Revel Stoke Whiskey.

The Great Milwaukee Project

Owners Mike Bodow, David Eichler and Devin Eichler will also use the pop-up as a launching pad for The Great Milwaukee Project, a passion project they’ve been pulling together for over a year.

The Great Milwaukee Project’s three primary focuses are inclusion, collaboration and philanthropy, says Bodow. "Everyone is welcome. The Great Milwaukee Project is supposed to get wheels turning. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, we’re urging collaboration."

Phase one focuses on collaborative burgers.

Crafty Cow’s menu will feature five special burgers which will showcase ideas gleaned from five Milwaukee area businesses. A portion of the proceeds from each burger will be donated to a rotating list of local charitable organizations, as well as "people making a difference in Milwaukee."

"The first part of The Project will get the ball rolling, get a bunch of business owners who otherwise might not have known each other in contact and get ideas flowing" says Eichler, who points out that burgers are just the beginning. "There will be socials, brainstorming and activation sessions, charity and community events and hopefully a lot of giving."

"Inclusion is the key," notes Bodow. "We meet so many business owners who don’t have a support system outside of their four walls. No one I’ve met claims to know everything. It’s nice to be able to talk to other people who have had varying experiences as Milwaukee business owners."

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.