West Side diners lose a neighborhood option this week as Shuckers Tiki Crabhouse and Oyster Bar, 7835 W. Burleigh St., closes on Saturday.
Shuckers replaced Z Cafe' in the Cooper Park neighborhood space early in 2010, describing itself as, "a unique Tiki Revival restaurant concept. The fusion of Polynesian cultures and cuisines, brought by multi-ethnic immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands ... where East meets West."
A posting by Joe Hausch, who created the restaurant's Facebook group suggested that the closing is temporary and that the restaurant will "retool."
But owner Albert Yee -- who also owns World On a Plate Catering -- said he is still unsure whether or not he will reopen in the space.
"It's been tough times," he said. "But I'm still going to continue my catering business and I'm also in the concessions business."
In the meantime, you've got one last chance to get a fish fry there -- tonight -- and one last surf and turf platter, tomorrow night.
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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.