In addition to carrying on the tradition of offering breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, Hop Harvest & Vine is adding a dinner menu created by Chef Erik “Mars” Mahr with all items created using 100 percent certified organic produce, all-natural pasture-raised meats and sustainably sourced seafood.
As the name suggests, Hope Harvest & Vine will feature local craft beers, kombuchas and ciders, too, as well as organic and sustainable wines, plus organic juices, smoothies and local coffees.
"It has been a lot of fun developing this menu with global and world cuisine flavors and pairing dishes with great local beers and hand-picked wines to give guests a diverse set of tastes and styles," said Mars.
Renovations on the cafe, located in the Good Harvest Market – which specializes in natural and organic, local and gluten-free foods – began last summer with a patio refresh, the construction of a pergola and hexagonal planter bench and the addition of new tables and seating.
In addition, a series of walking trails were added in the adjacent wetlands and winter snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing are welcomed there.
Inside, work wrapped up in late December to readorn the space in earth tones and a mix of modern and industrial decor.
“We are delighted with how the space turned out,” said Joe Nolan, co-owner of Good Harvest Market. “We look forward to providing our guests with a renewed dining experience. A place where you can relax, encounter familiar faces and make new acquaintances with great food, high quality drinks and pleasant surroundings.”
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.