Dig through that suitcase in the closet because during the Euro 2008 tournament, The Nomad World Pub, 1401 E. Brady St., lets American soccer fans buy drinks with their leftover Euros.
But, please, paper money only. No coinage will be accepted. Owner Mike Eitel expects the tournament, which runs from June 7 through June 29, to be popular with customers.
"We end up shaking our heads and wondering where all the Europeans have been hiding," he says. "We've talked about this idea before and finally decided to give business travelers and European ex-pats a way to get rid of their small bills."
Because The Nomad will pool the Euros together and trade them in at M&I Bank, Eitel says only minimal bank fees will be passed along to customers.
"We should be able to accept Euros from guests without them losing their shirts on normally cost-prohibitive transaction fees for small bills," he says.
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.