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WKLH and Mofoco are giving away a Beetle.
WKLH and Mofoco are giving away a Beetle.

Beetlemania: win a VW at the McCartney show

This year, Bugfest – sponsored by Mofoco automotive manufacturing – celebrates 20 years as the Midwest’s most popular event for Volkswagen enthusiasts.

Bugfest, scheduled for Saturday, July 13, is a VW swap meet, drag race and car show at Great Lakes Dragaway.

New Mofoco owner Roy Henning, who purchased the business from his father last year, announced today that he is restoring a 1970 Beetle and will give it away – along with partner sponsor WKLH – at the Paul McCartney concert at Miller Park on Tuesday, July 16.

"It’s a really nice, drivable vintage Beetle," says Henning.

People can register to win the car at Bugfest or soon through and

Bugfest attracts up to 5,000 Volkwagen owners and fans who pick the best Beetles in two categories, vintage and new model. The winners will each receive a pair of tickets to the McCartney show.

Bugfest car owners and drivers get in free. Tickets for those 15 years and older are $15. Kids ages 10-15 are $10 and under 10 are free.

Henning’s father Randy started Mofoco in 1971 and currently owns Great Lakes Dragaway. Mofoco is the only company in the world that manufactures air-cooled Volkswagen cylinder heads entirely in the United States.

"Even though my dad’s retired, I’m sure he’ll stop by to ‘bug’ me," says Henning. "I’m taking this company into the next century."

Up, Up & Play is on the way.
Up, Up & Play is on the way. (Photo:

Up, Up & Play is a go, go, go

In January, I reported that a Bay View-based, indoor playground was in the works.

Last week, Shannon Knapp received approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) and will open Up, Up and Play this summer at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. – above the Down & Under Pub.

"We’re shooting for July 1," says Knapp. "We are still working on the space. The trees are going up on the walls, the stage is being built and the swingset is getting installed."

Up, Up and Play will feature a large play space and lounge area. It will have a natural theme.

Knapp plans to have a large fundraiser / rummage sale in the near future to offset costs and is currently taking donations. Go to the Facebook page for more information.  

This is great news for Milwaukee, a city with long winters and few indoor play options. Wish this were around when my kids were younger and time seemed to stand still in January. 

Soon this space will be transformed into a Mexican eatery.
Soon this space will be transformed into a Mexican eatery.

Cafe La Paloma coming to Walker's Point

Cafe La Paloma, a new Mexican restaurant in Walker’s Point, will soon open at 606 S. 5th St. – across the street from La Fuente.

Owner Jose Chavez is hoping for a mid-May opening. The menu items will be from numerous regions of Mexico and many of the recipes are Chavez’s own.

He says the restaurant will be more like Riverwest’s Cafe Corazon and Brady Street’s Cempazuchi than the other Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood.

Chavez, who is an artist of many different mediums, plans to showcase his collection of more than 70 Mexican masks inside the restaurant. It will also have a "Day of the Dead" theme and will feature his own art as well.

"It will not have serapes or sombreros," says Chavez.

Chavez moved to Milwaukee in 1993 from the state of Michoacán in Mexico. He received a masters in business from Marquette and is a life-long artist who has curated the Walker’s Point Center of the Art’s Dias de los Muertos show for the past three years.

Stay tuned to for more information when it becomes available.

Goodbye, Moct.
Goodbye, Moct.

Moct closing, new eatery to open

After nine years, Moct, 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., has sold the business to a new proprietor. 

The bar and club was opened by two brothers, Sini and Nebi Torbica, in July 2004 with a vision to create an industrial-style warehouse club. At the time it was the only venue of its kind.

Guy Lamberg purchased the business and is expected to open a new restaurant as well as run a catering business from the space. The new restaurant is called Prodigal and is due to open in June.

A farwell party will be held at MOCT on Saturday, April 27 featuring DJs including DJs- Dion (D-on) Roldan, Christopher (Why-B) Gerard and Tyrone (DJ Bizzon) Miller.

Personally, I wish Nebi and Sini the best of luck in their new adventures. (Sini got a job with the Department of Defense and Nebi is finishing up a new app.) They really did a lot for the neighborhood – threw some great parties and believed in the area during its early stages of development.