By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 11, 2021 at 8:53 AM Photography: Irgens Partners

Announced last summer, the first Fiddleheads cafe in Downtown Milwaukee opens today in the lobby of the BMO Tower, 790 N. Water St.

Stop in on opening day, Thursday, March 11, and they’ll give you a free 12-ounce cup of drop coffee.

"We’ve been looking for the right opportunity in downtown Milwaukee for quite some time, but this opportunity found us, thanks to the folks at Irgens," said Ray Marcy, one of Fiddleheads’ owners, when the cafe was announced last summer.

"Since our first meeting with Mark Irgens, we believed it had the potential for a great partnership. First, the Tower redefines Class A space in Milwaukee. Then, our premium offerings as a café, match tenants like BMO, Michael Best and others that we naturally serve in our other cafés. Lastly, the ground floor, retail space, open to the public checked all the boxes we were looking for in a Downtown location. It’s truly extraordinary."

A new Fiddleheads in Shorewood opened in January.

Fiddleheads is based in Thiensville.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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.