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Screaming Tuna will open at the end of March.
Screaming Tuna will open at the end of March.

Screaming Tuna bistro prepares to hook you

This afternoon, I stopped by Screaming Tuna, 106 W. Seeboth St., and discovered the sushi bar and Asian bistro will open by the end of the month. For now, owners Alessio Foracappa and Sam Saeng are getting ready with a few soft openings.

Screaming Tuna, located on the edge of the Milwaukee River in the Walker's Point / Fifth Ward neighborhood, will feature an extensive wine and saki selection. The decor is sleek and open with tables, booths and bar seating available. This summer, a patio and beer garden will also be available to diners and boaters.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for a full review of Screaming Tuna after it opens. Personally, I am really looking forward to trying the sushi pizza this summer while enjoying the superb view of the river and the Milwaukee skyline.

Psst ... Christmas is over.
Psst ... Christmas is over.

Holiday decorations, you're done!

Not that you asked, but one of my few pet peeves is when people leave up their holiday decorations too long.

By "too long" I guess I mean anytime after mid-January. Right around mid-February I start to get really Scrooge-y and annoyed by them, but by March, I’m aesthetically offended and ready to start issuing handmade tickets to any homeowner who thinks half-burned-out icicle lights or a inflatable penguin in a Santa hat are still acceptable yard adornments.

Christmas was 65 days ago and there’s another 300 days until the next one, so please, people, unstring the silver bells and put baby Jesus in a basement box. It’s garden gnome season now. Stick a whirling plastic flower in your lawn instead.

(What’s that, neighbor? You say I once left a half-filled baby pool out in the yard for an entire winter? Whoops.)

Scott Sloan is now a gold medalist.
Scott Sloan is now a gold medalist.

Bartender olympian Scott Sloan grabs the gold

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Last night's Bartender Olympics brought hundreds of people to Whiskey Bar to watch local bartenders competitively stack Pabst cans, prepare multiple drinks within a one-minute timeframe and demonstrate a talent.

Scott Sloan from Kenadee's won the gold medal, with Sabbatic's Matty Gonzales (last year's gold medalist) grabbing the silver and Cafe Lulu's Nicky Rev nabbing the bronze.

Sloan, who was dressed like a young Bruce Jenner, wowed the crowd for better or worse when he drank five shots of Patron followed by a pint glass of Dr. McGillycuddy's during the "talent" portion of the event.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com and the OnMilwaukee.com Facebook page for photos of this event.

The third annual Bartender Olympics is Thursday at 7 p.m.!
The third annual Bartender Olympics is Thursday at 7 p.m.!

Bartender Olympics: No training required

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, bartender profiles and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

For the third year, OnMilwaukee.com will host the Bartender Olympics, but this year it’s happening at the Whiskey Bar, 778 N. Jefferson St.

The free event is set for Thursday, Feb. 24, starting at 7 p.m. and wrapping up around 10 p.m.

Ten Milwaukee bartenders will compete in four categories: the Pabst can stack, the talent competition, a timed drink order competition and a recipe contest.

Bartenders include Pete Marshall (Milwaukee Brat House), Alisha Olson (Jo Cats), Danny Benavante (Bel Air Cantina), Nikki Fountaine (Brewski’s), Shenna Barrette (Blackthorn Pib), Nicky Rev (Cafe Lulu), Spencer Kronz (Vitucci’s), Joe Vella (Paulie’s Pub), Scott Sloan (Kenadee’s) and returning champ Matty Gonzales (Sabbatic).

Special guests include Kramp and Adler from FM 102.1 and Jen Lada from FOX6 News. Plus, there will be a Shutterbox photo booth, pizza from Street-za and drink specials.

I'm going to be "score keeper" instead of a judge this year.

OnMilwaukee.com publisher Andy Tarnoff will be a judge, however. And, just added to the judge panel is Cecilia Gilbert from the City of Milwaukee. Many know her simply as "Queen."  She's a Downtown bar expert.

Me? I’m a little nervous about my new position simply because accessing even simple math skills and drinking even small amounts of alcohol don’t seem like a good mix for me, but I’ll give it a whirl.