Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:45:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Mandatory Milwaukee: Plaza Hotel and Café At The Plaza, where past and present both reside http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/mandatory-milwaukee-plaza-hotel-and-cafe-at-the-plaza-where-past-and-present-both-reside/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/mandatory-milwaukee-plaza-hotel-and-cafe-at-the-plaza-where-past-and-present-both-reside/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:40:41 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45058 Some places come and go, while some places become icons. Mandatory Milwaukee is all about the latter. Join us as we revisit beloved and well-worn local staples with fresh eyes, and explore how they might figure in the city’s future. Built during the Jazz Age by architect George W. Adams, the red-brick Plaza Hotel and its adjoining café […]

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Some places come and go, while some places become icons. Mandatory Milwaukee is all about the latter. Join us as we revisit beloved and well-worn local staples with fresh eyes, and explore how they might figure in the city’s future.

Built during the Jazz Age by architect George W. Adams, the red-brick Plaza Hotel and its adjoining café have been Milwaukee icons since 1925.

The four-story building’s Art Deco style is clearly represented in colorful tile floors, crown molding, vintage lamps, and French-framed posters. The European-style lobby, with geometric carpeting, large potted plants, and wood-framed windows, is the perfect place to read your morning newspaper—or page through a copy of The Great Gatsby.

The Crichton family, who purchased the Plaza in 1984, have been successful in blending the old with the new. Rooms are modernized, with Wi-Fi, single-serving coffee makers, flatscreen TVs, iPad alarm clocks, and other 21st century amenities. Still, the hotel retains its flapper-era charm with small bathrooms, artwork, and other period details.

Despite the Plaza’s historical significance and convenient location near downtown Milwaukee, room prices are surprisingly reasonable.

At the moment, a one-night stay for two adults in a queen-size room costs $79. The hotel also runs specials such as the Art Museum package, which includes two museum tickets plus a one-night stay for $99. It’s an ideal place for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or a birthday without breaking the bank. A few cocktails at a nearby establishment such as the County Clare, and a hearty breakfast in the Plaza’s café the next morning, make for a memorable occasion indeed. The boutique hotel also offers guests an extended-stay option, or “pied-a-terre”—French for “home away from home.”

As the Plaza is within walking distance of the Pabst Theater and the Marcus Center, many actors from New York and other large cities, as well as ballet dancers and other artists, take up residence there, sometimes for as long as five months, according to hotel manager Jessica Korrison.

The Café At The Plaza serves up locally sourced cuisine from the likes of Jones Dairy Farm, Yuppie Hill Poultry, Rishi Tea, and Great Lakes Distillery. “We really, really try to keep everything local, down to the liquor we use,” Korrison says.

Traditional menu favorites include the lemon poppy seed pancakes, an aromatic citrus breakfast served with toasted almonds, and—best of all—the café’s handmade blueberry syrup. Korrison says egg dishes like the Plaza Scramble (scrambled eggs with caramelized onions, sausage, mushrooms, and tomatoes) are also very popular.

Although the café underwent a kitchen upgrade and partial remodel in 2015, and has introduced a loyalty phone app for customers to receive café specials, free items, and other rewards, it has still retained its vintage charm. Guests still sit on stools around the blue-green countertops and enjoy the atmosphere, from Grecian wall motifs to the tile floors. Writers looking to pen the next great American novel can find historical inspiration here.

Korrison says customers have embraced the café’s new menu, which includes avocado toast and international dishes like pork belly empanadas and falafel made with harissa and oregano tzatziki.

Large brunch crowds, consisting mainly of locals, are common at the cafe on the weekends, especially in warm weather. The Parisian-style courtyard, with brick walls covered in greenery and umbrella tables, is open from late spring to early fall, depending on weather. “We’ll sometimes have as many as 300 covers, especially during the summer,” Korrison says.

Head chef Steven Zaharias, formerly of Mitchell’s Fish Market, joined the Plaza last August. His time at the fish market allowed him to come in contact with many local ingredients, an experience which has quickly translated to café dishes.

During Zaharias’ first couple of weeks on the job, the café served hundreds of customers on the weekends. “Summertime is insane,” he says. “It was definitely an interesting first couple of weeks. Pretty intense.”

Zaharias says the Plaza’s menu is updated every few months to reflect product availability. New choices for spring will include different salads with proteins such as salmon, shrimp, and chicken.

“We like to have different things to give our guests options,” Zaharias says.

Given all of the varied and delicious menu items, it might be hard for a chef to pick a favorite. But Zaharias doesn’t hesitate when asked. “My go-to is always the corned beef and hash,” he says. “It’s a must.”

With an ever-evolving menu served in an iconic hotel that’s pushing a century, past and present both reside at The Café At The Plaza. And you’re invited to join them for a meal, for a night, or for months at a time.

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On The Record Episode 119: Milwaukee Women’s Center with Andi Mallmann-Elliott http://milwaukeerecord.com/podcast/record-119-milwaukee-womens-center-andi-mallmann-elliott/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/podcast/record-119-milwaukee-womens-center-andi-mallmann-elliott/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:30:32 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45062 Our apologies for the delay between episodes! Other than taking some time off for the holidays, we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on our annual Local Coverage benefit concert. This year’s show (Friday, January 19 at Turner Hall) will feature a diverse blend of eight Milwaukee acts covering each other to raise money for […]

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Our apologies for the delay between episodes! Other than taking some time off for the holidays, we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on our annual Local Coverage benefit concert. This year’s show (Friday, January 19 at Turner Hall) will feature a diverse blend of eight Milwaukee acts covering each other to raise money for a local organization. That organization is the Milwaukee Women’s Center.

Since 1980, Milwaukee Women’s Center has provided services and treatment for women, children, and (recently) men dealing with domestic violence, addiction, mental health issues, and poverty. Before Friday’s show, host Tyler Maas went to Community Advocates (the Women’s Center’s parent organization) to speak with CEO Andi Mallmann-Elliott about the services the Women’s Center provides, what their various programs strive to accomplish, and ways people can help. Call 414-671-6140 to speak to a domestic abuse crisis counselor. If you wish to donate to the center or volunteer, call 414-270-2984 or visit the Milwaukee Women’s Center website. Community Advocates employees will also be at Local Coverage to field questions and distribute more information.

This episode is brought to you by Surly Brewing, a Minnesota-based brewery and the official beer of On The Record. Intro and outro music comes courtesy of Piles (“Blue Glue”) and Blonder (“Fall Leaves”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!)

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Holy schnikes! Lakefront Brewery will screen ‘Tommy Boy’ at Avalon Theater in February http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/holy-schnikes-lakefront-brewery-will-screen-tommy-boy-avalon-theater-february/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/holy-schnikes-lakefront-brewery-will-screen-tommy-boy-avalon-theater-february/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:15:05 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45068 Even now, more than 20 years since his untimely death, Chris Farley still holds a special place in the hearts of comedy fans and Wisconsinites. To celebrate the life and the work of the Madison native and Marquette graduate, Lakefront Brewery and Avalon Theater are joining forces for a special screening of Tommy Boy for […]

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Even now, more than 20 years since his untimely death, Chris Farley still holds a special place in the hearts of comedy fans and Wisconsinites. To celebrate the life and the work of the Madison native and Marquette graduate, Lakefront Brewery and Avalon Theater are joining forces for a special screening of Tommy Boy for an event the brewery has dubbed “Farley + Barley.”

The quotable 1995 comedy classic will be shown on Wednesday, February 14, the eve of what would have been Farley’s 54th birthday. The screening will also double as a tap takeover at Avalon, with Lakefront serving up a variety of beers that have been temporarily renamed for the occasion. Those beers include:

  • Van Down By The River Amber Lager (Riverwest Stein)
  • Holy Schnike! Coffee Stout (Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout)
  • Fat Guy In A Little Coat Double IPA (Mangy Rabbit Double IPA)
  • El Nino IPA (Lakefront IPA)
  • Lunch Lady Maibock (Lakefront Maibock)

Tickets to the 7 p.m. Farley + Barley screening are on sale now. They cost $5.

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News, ‘Jurassic Park,’ anti-vaccination stories come together in this TMJ4 video from 1995 http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/news-jurassic-park-anti-vaccination-tmj4-video-1995/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/news-jurassic-park-anti-vaccination-tmj4-video-1995/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:10:18 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45076 Sweet, sweet nostalgia comes in many forms, but few forms are sweeter than television commercials. Want to relive your misspent youth? Enjoy it by reliving the exact way you misspent your youth: watching television! Anyway, this 70-second compilation of WTMJ-4 news bumpers from 1995 is a doozy, culled from an obviously much-ballyhooed network broadcast of […]

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Sweet, sweet nostalgia comes in many forms, but few forms are sweeter than television commercials. Want to relive your misspent youth? Enjoy it by reliving the exact way you misspent your youth: watching television!

Anyway, this 70-second compilation of WTMJ-4 news bumpers from 1995 is a doozy, culled from an obviously much-ballyhooed network broadcast of the original Jurassic Park (dig John Malan wondering if dinosaurs enjoy being cooler by the lake, too). The video has it all: Carole Meekins and Mike Gousha teasing local scare stories, Kevin Hunt teasing a “one-on-one” with Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren, and…an anti-vaccination special report?

“Doctors tell you the benefits of childhood vaccinations,” begins the ominous promo. “Schools tell you they’re required for admission. Tonight’s cover story: what they don’t tell you, about the dangers, and your legal rights. Learn about a possible ‘Dose of Danger,’ tonight, right after Jurassic Park!” Hold on to your butts! [via The TV Madman]

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7 Milwaukee-area establishments where hot ham and rolls reign supreme http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/hot-ham-rolls/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/hot-ham-rolls/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:10:47 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45027 Picking up hot ham and rolls on Sunday is as much of a Milwaukee tradition as beer and brats for a summer cookout. While local markets and bakeries have offered this Wisconsin delicacy for decades, there are a handful of other independently-owned establishments where you can stop to pick up this regional delicacy. 1. Rupena’s […]

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Picking up hot ham and rolls on Sunday is as much of a Milwaukee tradition as beer and brats for a summer cookout. While local markets and bakeries have offered this Wisconsin delicacy for decades, there are a handful of other independently-owned establishments where you can stop to pick up this regional delicacy.

1. Rupena’s Fine Foods (7641 W. Beloit Rd., West Allis)
Rupena’s has served Milwaukee’s south side and West Allis communities for over 90 years, and it continues to thrive today. Focusing on Eastern European dishes such as sarma (smoked meat, pork, rice and cabbage), the family-owned market also offers over 100 salads, including Tex-Mex caviar, calico bean, cucumber tomato, and Croatian potato, which are rotated daily, according to manager Maria Rupena Karczewski. Her grandfather, a Yugoslavian immigrant, opened Rupena’s in 1926.

“We are small, but we offer so much variety,” Karczewski says. “We are really a well-rounded business.”

The store offers other specialties, such as fresh meats and sausages handmade by trained butchers, which Karczewski says is a lost art. Rupena’s plans to sell a line of Boar’s Head meats starting February.
For those with a sweet tooth, Rupena’s bakery items, such as Grebe’s donuts and homemade banana bread, compliment Sunday morning coffee.

Sunday special: One pound of Badger ham and half a dozen rolls for $6.99

2. Jen’s Sweet Treats (4745 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy)
Jen’s, which opened in 2014 after renting a commercial kitchen and selling baked goods at farmers’ markets, browns their ham with honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pulled pork is always available, too.

Owner Jennifer Clark says the bakery also customizes orders for cakes, pies and other desserts, and sells an assortment of bakery goods, including 18 kinds of muffins and chocolate barks. Cupcakes, rainbow sherbet are customer favorites. “They are by far our best sellers,” Clark says.

Clark is very involved in the Cudahy community, and Jen’s holds four fundraisers a year, including one that donates to needy South Shore families during the Christmas season.

Sunday special: One pound of Patrick Cudahy ham and a half-dozen rolls for $6.49

3. Scardina Specialties (822 E. Chambers St., Riverwest)
Besides selling hot Polish ham, a delicacy that’s typically baked with pineapple or cherries and glazed with a mustard paste, on Sundays, Scardina has serveed up mouthwatering sandwiches such as the Diavolo (Soppressata, provolone, hot giardiniera, and salsa) in Riverwest since 2012. The Meatball Panini is the most popular according to owner Damien Scardina.

Meat lovers can choose from more than 10 different handmade link sausages, including jalapeno cheddar brats, Polish sausage, and both mild and spicy Italian sausage.

“My dad Peter’s Italian sausage recipe was why we started the business in the first place,” Scardina says. Peter has since retired, but his sausage and his legacy live on.

Sunday special: One pound of Polish ham and a half-dozen rolls for $6.99

4. Cranky Al’s (6901 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa)
Joey Carioti, who co-owns Cranky Al’s with his aunt and uncle Susie and Alex Brkich, loves to make donuts—so much so that he quit his teaching profession to do it.

“I came up for a few weeks to help my aunt and uncle, and wound up staying and buying into the business,” Carioti, an Illinois native, says.

Each donut at Cranky Al’s is made from scratch and hand-cut, and the café carries 52 varieties of both yeast and cake donuts. “I’m pretty good at naming all of them,” Carioti says.

Traditional favorites such as crullers (“we spell them ‘cruellers’” Carioti says) are the most popular, but more inventive twists, such as maple bacon, chocolate peanut butter buttercream (a yeast donut with a chocolate peanut butter filling), and red velvet cake donut with cream cheese icing, are big hits as well.

Along with donuts, pastries, as well as the espresso drinks and coffee, the café serves breakfast burritos and pizzas, bagel sandwiches, and other morning goodies. Starting in February, the café will be open for lunch and will also offer pizza, salads and sandwiches on the menu. And of course, they sell hot ham and rolls on Sundays. According to Carioti, contributing to local schools and other charities, providing excellent customer service, and positive community interaction are key aspects of the business.

“We are very fortunate that this neighborhood, and other neighborhoods, believe in us,” Carioti says.

Sunday special: One pound of Badger ham and a half-dozen Peter Sciortino rolls for $7.99

5. Gloriosos Italian Market (1011 E. Brady St., East Side)
Brady Street fixture Gloriosos’ extensive in-store menu serves Mediterranean dishes such as pizza, pasta, ravioli, and more. Shoppers wanting takeout can order a specialty sandwich, such as the Milwaukee Muffalatta (genoa, mortadella, ham, provolone & mild or hot muffalatta) or Philly Italian Beef.

Since 1946, Gloriosos has sold items essential for Italian cooking and baking, such as handmade sauces, olive oil—even their own coffee and espresso blends. While not Italian in nature, Sunday ham and rolls is also a Gloriosos staple.

Sunday special: One pound of ham and a half-dozen rolls for $6.99

6. Canfora Bakery (1100 E. Oklahoma Ave., Bay View)
When Carl and Rosalba Canfora retired and sold their bakery to Karen and Eric Krieg last summer, faithful customers worried things would change too much for their liking.

Luckily, the lemon paczkis, cannolis, eclairs, and other tasty European treats in the bakery cases have remained, and Canfora is as popular as ever. People stopping in for a quick lunchtime bite can choose from a variety of sandwiches, soups and subs. Pick up some German or American potato salad with your ham and rolls, but plan accordingly—the place gets packed on Sundays, with lines often out the door. Customer service is always friendly and efficient, however.

Sunday special: One pound of Badger ham and a half-dozen of their specialty rolls

7. Layton Fruit Market (1838 E. Layton Ave., Saint Francis)
This small Saint Francis grocery store is big on specialty candies, gelato, savory dips, salads and wraps, wine and beer, and lots of fresh produce.

Open in its current location since the early 1990s, Layton Fruit Market owner Joe Priote helps the community by hosting fundraisers to benefit area schools and other causes. Pick up a cup of coffee and muffins made by local bakeries East Side Ovens and the Elegant Farmer for less than you’d spend at Starbucks, or grab a Grebe’s donut, offered on the weekends, with your ham and rolls.

Saturday and Sunday special: One pound of Patrick Cudahy ham and a half-dozen rolls for $5.99

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Snack Boys opens Friday. Take a look inside and check out the menu http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/snack-boys-opens-friday-take-a-look-inside-and-check-out-the-menu/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/snack-boys-opens-friday-take-a-look-inside-and-check-out-the-menu/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:08:54 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45034 Back in November, we alerted you to news that the recently-closed All Purpose would be replaced by an exciting new venture called Snack Boys. The restaurant—spearheaded by Boone & Crockett owner John Revord, Gypsy Taco owner/chef Mitch Ciohon, and Vanguard chef Shay Linkus—aspires to bring playful small plate dining, island cocktails, and fun to the […]

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Back in November, we alerted you to news that the recently-closed All Purpose would be replaced by an exciting new venture called Snack Boys. The restaurant—spearheaded by Boone & Crockett owner John Revord, Gypsy Taco owner/chef Mitch Ciohon, and Vanguard chef Shay Linkus—aspires to bring playful small plate dining, island cocktails, and fun to the heart of Walker’s Point.

Since getting the keys to the property at 814 S. 2nd Street on November 1, Snack Boys owners have already experienced a break-in, dealt with a busted water pipe, and endured other delays that forced the snack bar’s projected mid-December opening to pass. While clearing those obstacles, Revord, Ciohon, and Linkus have been hard at work preparing the building and developing the menu for their lighthearted and unconventional new concept.

On Friday, January 19, Snack Boys will finally be open to the public. Before the bar and restaurant’s highly-anticipated opening, Milwaukee Record was allowed inside to take a look and get a glimpse of Snack Boys’ food and cocktail menus. Here’s what to expect.

“This is not going to be a quiet sit-down restaurant,” Revord told us in November. “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be loud, it’s going to be in your face.”

That message comes through the moment patrons walk through the door and are greeted with Snack Boys’ nine simple rules.

To quote Rule No. 6, “The lights are fine.” The dark gray interior walls are covered in ’80s-influenced artwork, mirrors, and velvet paintings. That decor, as well as the occasional potted plant and piece of lounge furniture are all basked in pink neon light.

The south side of the long, thin corridor features an expansive bar that’s stocked with 20-25 beers (cans and 40s only), a robust selection of wine—with a focus on bottles of rosé and sparkling priced as low as $22, or “a little above retail”—and close to 20 house cocktails that are takes on ’70s and ’80s classics with whimsical twists. Among the cocktails, there’s the color-changing tiki-inspired “Sybaris…The Drink”, the “#Banana-Conda”, a choose your own adventure “La Croix Boy”, and an “Alpine Hippie Juice” that’s served in a jar with a plume of pine smoke inside.

The projected capacity is 99 people, most of whom can be accommodated by 25 seats at the bar and Snack Boys’ 15 tables. Tables are primarily two- and four-tops, with room for six to eight patrons at tables in the restaurant’s rear dining room.

Customers will also find a fish tank in the rear dining area, as well as a gigantic print of a nude Burt Reynolds on a bearskin rug that stretches the entirety of the restaurant’s back wall. The men’s room will eventually become a pink-painted shrine to Dolly Parton, but there have been some unexpected complications in that plan.

“Dolly Parton memorabilia is harder to come across than you think,” Linkus says. “A lot of it is really tacky—but not in a good way.”

As they scour eBay for bathroom treasures, Linkus and Ciohon are putting the final touches on a menu with a loose theme Linkus refers to as “anxiety-free fine dining.” He likens Snack Boys to a “heavily à la carte” sushi bar feel, where single-portion seafood is available at a raw bar, or with a variety of small plate meat, fish, and vegetable dishes that are prepared in the kitchen. Prices range from $2-$3 for oysters and $3 pork skewers, all the way to $12 for select seafood items. Food will be served from 4:21 p.m. to 11 p.m., and late night snack service and an expanded menu will be added in the coming months.

Snack Boys will be open from 4:21 p.m. to bar time from Wednesday through Sunday. This Saturday (January 20), WhyB and DJ Thor will spin during a “Snack Attack” opening party. Snack Boys is coming, Milwaukee! Prepare yourself by looking at the food and cocktail list below.

COCKTAILS

Shay Breeze Slushy — Riff on a Malibu Bay Breeze in slushy form with edible glitter
Ummm, You Might Want to Get That Looked At — Blended take on classic penicillin
Sybaris…The Drink — Spin on the Chi Chi tiki drink with butterfly pea powder that makes drink change color when it touches acid
Cocaine And Tequilla Sunrise — Punch bowl variant of the tequila sunrise and classic margarita, named after Rolling Stones tour sponsored by Jose Cuervo
La Croix Boy — “Choose your own adventure.” Pick you own spirit and La Croix flavors
Ecto Wine Cooler — Take on a hot wine cooler and a Midori sour
The Devil’s Lettuce — Riff on a stinger cocktail
I <3 Black Metal — A “loose” Manhattan rendition and a Boone & Crockett original
Just Follow Your Nose — Harvey Wallbanger and Fuzzy Navel hybrid
Gamma Ray — Variation of Electric Iced Tea, which is Long Island Iced Tea and Blue Lagoon
Ferrari Boy — Akin to a Negroni, a Boone & Crockett original
Captain Baker — Pineapple rum, ancho reyes, corazón bitters
Alpine Hippie Juice — Served with plume of burning pine smoke
#Banana-Conda — Rum, banana, hibiscus bubbles
Max’s Kansas City — Navy gin, sloe gin, cherry herring, benedictine, sumac alpine poppy seed, grenadine
Rod The Bod — Mescal, cme de menthe, cme de cacao, Snack Boys Cream, coffee syrup

DESIGNATED DRIVERS (non-alcoholic cocktails)

Shirley
Temple
Arnold Palmer — Date honey, Snack Boys Cream, hazlenut

FOOD

Raw Bar

Kumamoto Oysters — Served with soy bubbles, mignonette, gypsy jam, lemon
Old 1871
Crab legs
Peel and eat prawn
Poke
Uni and chips

Meat

What’s Up Turky Butt? — BBQ vinaigrette, aged cheddar, crispy potato, greens
Lil Snack Slider — Beef, chicken, or vegetarian with lettuce, tomato, onion, aioli, pickle
Confit And Fried Chicken Thigh
Bone Marrow — Toast, bacon, honey, roasted pepper
Pork Skewer — With Kalamansi Gel and soy
Duck Nuggets & FoieBq
French Onion

Veggie

Brussels — Salad of fried, raw, and steamed green leafs with buttermilk, onions, mushroom
Radskis — Buttered and raw radish with whipped butter
Pickle Jar — Assorted house pickles, vegetables, egg with chips
Crispy Carrot — Tempura-fried pickled baby carrot served in buttermilk sauce
Fries — Tossed in Gypsy Dust, served with Snack Sauce
Chips Todaloooo — Fresh chips with “Snacks Onion Dip”
Corn — Tempura, kewpie, togarashi, soy, fresh horseradish

Fish


Tater Tots And Caviar — Seasoned creme fraiche micros
Crab Thermidor Popover

Sweets

Cookies & Milk — Vanilla, tamarin, and a “flanish” cinnamon custard
Ice Cream Sandwich — Toasted Bun, house ice cream, “crunchy stuff”

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Grab a cold one and watch Midwest Death Rattle’s “Square Wave” music video http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/grab-a-cold-one-and-watch-midwest-death-rattles-square-wave-music-video/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/grab-a-cold-one-and-watch-midwest-death-rattles-square-wave-music-video/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:05:06 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45010 Midwest Death Rattle really upped the ante with the release of Post-Apocalypso. The ambitious, quasi-conceptual 2016 record elevated the indie rock outfit from mid-tier local band to a certified must-hear Milwaukee mainstay. With growing awareness and appreciation also come increases expectation and anticipation. What would Midwest Death Rattle do next? Was Post-Apocalypso an anomaly or a […]

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Midwest Death Rattle really upped the ante with the release of Post-Apocalypso. The ambitious, quasi-conceptual 2016 record elevated the indie rock outfit from mid-tier local band to a certified must-hear Milwaukee mainstay. With growing awareness and appreciation also come increases expectation and anticipation. What would Midwest Death Rattle do next? Was Post-Apocalypso an anomaly or a sign of even more promising things to come? The answers to those questions will be revealed later this month, when the band puts out Square Wave, the first of two digital EPs the band is planning to release in the near future.

Prior to the band’s January 27 Square Wave release show at Cactus Club, Midwest Death Rattle is giving listeners an early preview of EP’s self-titled single. The “Square Wave” music video was shot and directed by Ross Monagle—the videographer behind recent videos for Moon Curse and Guerrilla Ghost—at the Lincoln Warehouse. Footage of the band performing the sleek and dance-able title track is interspersed with shots of a wild (and decidedly weird) party. The costumed party-goers occasionally take a break from dancing and reach into the fridge for a cold one…and a surprise. Come for the awesome new Midwest Death Rattle song and stay for the surprise twist.

Before Midwest Death Rattle formally releases Square Wave at Evelyn’s (Racine) on Friday, January 26 and at Cactus Club on Saturday, January 27, watch the video for “Square Wave” below.

MIDWEST DEATH RATTLE – SQUARE WAVE from Ross Monagle on Vimeo.

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The heat is on in this Kohl’s “get it to go on cassettes” ad from 1984 http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/heat-on-kohls-cassettes-ad-1984/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/heat-on-kohls-cassettes-ad-1984/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:01:53 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=44888 The first Kohl’s store opened in Milwaukee in 1927. It was little more than a corner grocery store, and it wouldn’t be until 1962 that Kohl’s got into the full-fledged department store business. Since then, Kohl’s has spread to 49 states (sorry, Hawaii!), and has become one of the largest department store companies in the […]

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The first Kohl’s store opened in Milwaukee in 1927. It was little more than a corner grocery store, and it wouldn’t be until 1962 that Kohl’s got into the full-fledged department store business. Since then, Kohl’s has spread to 49 states (sorry, Hawaii!), and has become one of the largest department store companies in the country. It’s big, it’s local, and, in 1984, it was selling Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack cassettes for the low, low price of $5.99.

Yes, in a vintage commercial that touches on both ’80s music and the decade’s weird obsession with the ’50s, Kohl’s implores shoppers to “get it to go on cassettes.” Watch as a roller-skating waitress at an otherworldly ’50s drive-in serves up a Tears For Fears tape (Songs From The Big Chair!), a John Fogerty tape (eh), and a Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack tape (which “really cooks”). “Oh, how we value our customers” reads Kohl’s tagline at the end of the commercial. Oh, you aren’t kidding. [via The TV Madman]

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VoodooHoney will cover Bright Eyes, Paramore, Fall Out Boy for “A Very Emo Valentines” http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/voodoohoney-will-cover-bright-eyes-paramore-fall-out-boy-for-a-very-emo-valentines/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/voodoohoney-will-cover-bright-eyes-paramore-fall-out-boy-for-a-very-emo-valentines/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:45:41 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45004 VoodooHoney likes to keep things interesting. On top of curating original events like A Nightmare On Center Street and the Supper Club Jazz series, the Jay Anderson-led record label and creative collective has also helped pay tribute to legends like Bjork and Amy Winehouse during its fairly brief existence. This Valentine’s Day, they’ll take the […]

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VoodooHoney likes to keep things interesting. On top of curating original events like A Nightmare On Center Street and the Supper Club Jazz series, the Jay Anderson-led record label and creative collective has also helped pay tribute to legends like Bjork and Amy Winehouse during its fairly brief existence. This Valentine’s Day, they’ll take the tribute show in a drastically different direction with “A Very Emo Valentines.”

On Wednesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day), a skilled backing band will take the stage at Company Brewing to accompany the likes of Zed Kenzo, Britney Freeman-Farr (aka B~Free), Fernando Arias, Yasmeen Daniel, and Mario Betancourt Lanza to perform songs “in the spirit of Riverwest Valentine’s Day sadness.” Some of the “emo” acts who will be covered at the event are Bright Eyes, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, 30 Seconds To Mars, Paramore, Hawthorne Heights, Panic At The Disco, The Killers, and more.

While we have no idea whether this cast of musicians could possible enhance some of these embarrassing songs from the early aughts, we’re excited to watch them try. The show begins at 9 p.m. and costs $10 at the door.

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