By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM

It's raining and barely 50 degrees out there but the lights are on and there's activity at Northpoint Custard just south of Bradford Beach today.

That's because, Bartolotta is getting ready to reopen the stand on Saturday, May 21.

However, I recall a soft opening at least a day early last year, so if the weather cooperates, you might be able to get your fix sooner.

Bartolotta's director of operations John Wise says Northpoint will likely repeat it's annual free burgers to the first 200 customers promotion on opening day.

Of course, you can enjoy the same burgers and custard at the Northpoint location on the main concourse at Mitchell International Airport all year long. But there's something about perching on a bench beneath the red umbrellas at the lakefront that is a sure sign of summer's approach.

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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.