Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• Milwaukee’s once-mighty, now-infamous Northridge Mall has been closed since 2003. In 2008, the 100-acre site was sold to a Chinese-based investor group called U.S. Black Spruce Enterprise Group Inc. In the ensuing 14 years, Black Spruce hasn’t done squat with it. Well, other than squat on it.
Milwaukee has been desperately trying to change that. The city issued a condemnation order back in 2019, though that order was overturned earlier this year. Now, the city attorney’s office has filed a report claiming Northridge is unsecured, unsafe, and needs to be knocked down ASAP. The report comes on the heels of several fires and countless YouTube videos of folks breaking into the unsecured Northridge and filming themselves doing unsafe things. Here’s one from July!
And yes, the report does mention the countless YouTube videos of folks breaking into the unsecured Northridge and filming themselves doing unsafe things. “The City is also concerned about social media enticing individuals into entering the mall and starting fires in order to boast of their escapades,” the report reads. “This is much easier to accomplish because the buildings remain unsecured.”
Thanks to the report, a judge has ordered Black Spruce to secure the site or face fines of $2,000 a day. The same judge will review the previously overturned condemnation order in October. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Milwaukee Brewing Co. will close its 9th Street taproom on August 30. The brewery is being sold to another brewery, which OnMilwaukee names as Pilot Project Brewing Company out of Chicago. [OnMilwaukee]
• South side supper club Jackson Grill has been closed since March 2021, but plans to reopen under new ownership later this year or early next year. [TMJ 4]
• Speaking of supper clubs, Old Fashioned Fest is set to return to Milwaukee on Friday, September 30 at Turner Hall Ballroom. [OnMilwaukee]
• Speaking of places with “Jackson” in their name, Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa has been accused of copyright infringement by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. ASCAP claims Jackson’s has been playing prerecorded music from ASCAP members without the proper license. Says ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams (yes, THAT Paul Williams): “We want every business that uses music to prosper, including bars and restaurants, and are happy that they are on their way back after some very difficult years. As songwriters and composers, we are also small business owners, and music is how we put food on the table and send our kids to school. Most businesses know that an ASCAP license allows them to offer music legally, efficiently and at a reasonable price—while compensating music creators fairly.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• The Milwaukee Brewers announced their 2023 regular season schedule. The 2023 home opener is set for Monday, April 3 against the New York Mets. [FOX 6]
• A new Irish pub, Lucky Clover, opens today in the former Brüdd Cafe in the Deer District. [TMJ 4]
• Speaking of all things Irish, attendance at the 2022 Milwaukee Irish Fest was up 23% from 2021. Just under 80,000 folks attended this year’s fest, though organizers had hoped to hit a pre-pandemic attendance number of 100,000. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Soup place coming to the southwest side. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Juice bar coming to the north side. [Urban Milwaukee]
• The Glass Pantry is closing. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!
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