Friday, January 4, 2013
Restaurant will close for about two weeks after next weekend while longtime cook at John's Sandwich Shop makes a few changes; he says, though, he'll keep the same focus.
Come mid-January, there will be a new captain at the helm of Wauwatosa’s North Avenue Grill. Partners Jon Anne Willow and Patti Wenzel have sold the nascent New American diner to kitchen veteran Mike Topolovich. Opened in the spring of 2012 by Willow, Wenzel, Mehrdad Dalamie and Michael Gull, North Avenue Grill was designed to be a casual, neighborhood mainstay offering classic diner fare with a New American flavor and a diverse, gluten-free menu. Topolovich says he will stay true to the original idea, adding his own expertise and creative thinking and focusing heavily on classic comfort food. Topolovich has been the kitchen engine behind nearby John’s Sandwich Shop for the last 15 years, with the exception of a five-year engagement with …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
New owner coming in, with a plan in his head if not in his hand, to upgrade sports bar setting into something more like what BelAir Cantina has in mind.
Some East Tosa advocates have been saying for more than a year that the day was coming when business people would be climbing over one another to get into reviving North Avenue before commercial real estate prices skyrocket. No one much listened until the popular Mojofuco Restaurants group announced it was buying the former Aqua Terra tropical fish store property at 68th and North to rehabilitate it as a trendy Cali-Mex restaurant called BelAir Cantina. Now, Shepherd's Sports Bar, at 6715 W. North Ave., is being sold to another east side Milwaukee restaurant owner who is quickly buying in to the property with a business plan that's down the road and, so far, all in his head. Martin Beadoin, owner of the Red Dot, 2498 N. Bartlett Ave. on …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
$1 million ‘Boorito’ fundraiser benefiting the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation treats customers in costume to $2 burrito on Halloween.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the return of its long-standing tradition and popular Halloween fundraiser, the Boorito. This Halloween, Wednesday, Chipotle will treat customers dressed in costume to a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for only $2 between the hours of 4 p.m. and closing. Proceeds from the fundraiser, up to $1 million, will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. “We have always believed that good food should be affordable and accessible to everyone, and our annual Boorito fundraiser is a great opportunity for customers to enjoy a $2 burrito while supporting a great cause,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “By using this program as a fund-raiser, we have already raised $2 million to …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Plans going before Design Review Board as restaurant group prepares to get under way with transforming car dealership into a trendy Mexican place.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Many people look at the building on the southwest corner of West North Avenue and North 68th Street and see an outdated eyesore. Owners of the Mojofuco Restaurants group saw it and thought it was "a super-cool old building." The former Aqua Terra tropical fish store at 6817 W. North, before that a used-car dealership, has a '60s look with a low-slung, angular, glassy retail space jutting out to the sidewalk from a flat-topped, blocky garage in back. Mojofuco's owners saw in that a lot of opportunities for bringing light and air into a modern Mexican restaurant setting with a comfortable, broken-in feel – "a great vibe," in the words of co-owner Scott Johnson. Mojofuco will go before the Wauwatosa Commercial Design Review Board on Thursday …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Popular dining destination would be seriously affected by loss of convenient freeway access at 68th, 70th streets, a possibility as DOT looks ahead at 2019 project.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
When Dan Sidner bought an old two-story grocery store at West Fairview Avenue and North 68th Street, he was thinking ... location, location, location. It seemed an unlikely one to some — a long-in-the-tooth structure in a tiny block of small local businesses, across the street from a car wash — but there it stood, almost at the very foot of the 68th-70th streets exit from Interstate 94. If he built it, Sidner thought, they could come — and they did. Maxie's Southern Comfort quickly became one of the most popular casual restaurants in metro Milwaukee. Sidner's worry now is that if the Wisconsin Department of Transportation decides to do away with that freeway exit, as it says it might, his business will suffer, perhaps drastically. Looking …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Don't skip breakfast. And on a laid-back weekend morning, don't rush it, either. We'd like to know where you most enjoy starting your day off or holiday.
Mother says breakfast is the most important meal of the day. She also says that brunch is the most important meal of the year – the one you take her to on Mother's Day morning. We asked you to balance out those breakfast-and/or-brunch imperatives and nominate your favorite place for a relaxing, take-your-time Saturday or Sunday morning tucker-in. Some places, it seems like breakfast is the most forgotten meal of the day in the restaurant trade, but Wauwatosa appears to have more than its share of cherished open-early dining spots, with more opening all the time. Readers named 10 places in our call for candidates that began Friday. The polling starts now and ends this Friday. If any more nominations come in soon, they can still be added to …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Just-opened American diner defies its own description by offering a world of choices — including some inventions of its own, all available gluten-free.
The name is as straightforward as they come. North Avenue Grill is a grill on North Avenue. It's in keeping with the "keep it simple" concept the owners advertize on the front window: North Avenue Grill is a "New American Diner." There is, however, a whole lot more going on inside than that implies, as a couple of private test runs earlier this week showed. North Avenue Grill is open as of now with a limited menu through the weekend, but the full menu becomes available at the restaurant's Grand Opening on Monday. "It's a more urban twist on a traditional American diner," said Jon Anne Willow, one of four co-owners. "We have everything on the menu you're likely to find in a diner, but everything is made from fresh, whole ingredients and …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Success forged in partnership at Cafe Lulu in Bay View inspired duo to seek bigger venue in Tosa.
Opportunities can spring from the most unlikely places. Cameryne Roberts met Sarah Jonas while dating one of Jonas’ friends. The dating relationship faded but the friendship between the two young women remained – and flourished. Eventually, their friendship evolved into a business partnership. They opened Cafe LuLu, a successful eatery in Bay View. In 2008, they opened a second restaurant, Juniper 61, in Wawautosa. “We are both from the area," Roberts remembered. "When I met Sarah, she was in culinary school at MATC and had done a lot of restaurant work. I was working in the corporate offices at Koss.” Roberts decided to make a career change. Taking a chapter from Jonas’s book, Roberts started working part time in a restaurant and enrolled…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
New twists include a different take on fish fry and a spin on vinyl records.
Instead of looking at snow, picture yourself sitting out on an expansive, shaded deck on a warm summer evening, eating fish fry and sipping your favorite beverage with Van Morrison playing softly in the background. Sound good? Mark Zierath hopes so. He's putting his money on a restaurant with good food, a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and lots and lots of outdoor seating. In fact, during the summer months, Zierath wants to practically bring the outdoors in during the warm months at his proposed Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, at the current location of Jo Jo's Pizza & Pub, 11302 W. Blue Mound Rd. "There are two very large picture windows facing Blue Mound Road on the south and 113th Street on the east," he said. "Those will come out and be …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Irish pub to open at 8 instead of 10 on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
A hearty Irish breakfast is stick-to-the-ribs fare – oatmeal, perhaps, or bangers and mash, or toad in the hole. Johnny Vassallo, owner of Mo's Irish Pub, 10842 W. Blue Mound Rd., can now offer such Gaelic delicacies early on weekends with extended hours, opening at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. That required a change in the pub's conditional use permit, which Mo's received last week on a unanimous vote of the Common Council. However, it came with a proviso: Vassallo must have made every effort to open up planned additional parking for the pub by the end of the year. Should he fail, the extended hours could be revoked. Vassallo said his customers were clamoring for the change, but given both the restaurant's …