For the ninth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2015."
Yesterday, I lamented the loss of Crawdaddy's Cajun & Creole Restaurant in West Allis in a post, which led to owner Jonathan Klug contacting me to say that the beloved eatery will reopen soon in a new location in West Allis.
Before it closed in 2013, Crawdaddy's pretty much owned the best seafood category in the annual OnMilwaukee Best of Dining poll.
Though he is keeping the exact location under wraps while construction of the new restaurant is underway, Klug says it will be "in West Allis, farther west, right off the freeway."
The new place will also have a 35-car parking lot, which is great news for folks who remember jockeying for street parking on nights when the former location at 64th and Greenfield Avenue was rocking.
According the Klug, the new Crawdaddy's is the result of a new partnership and Klug will again run the kitchen.
To my delight, he assures me that he's "sure the halibut will be back at the peak of season" in what he calls, "a better, completely remodeled location around the first of the new year."
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.