Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week.

• Hey! Christmas break is kinda-sorta here! Why are you looking at the internet? Wrap some presents! Enjoy some time with your family! Drink! In the meantime, here are a bunch of restaurant openings and closings (and some other stuff):

• You know, before we begin, let’s listen to the new Tigernite holiday song, “Suck (My North Pole).” NSFW! [Bandcamp]

• Longtime Japanese restaurant Izumi’s, 2150 N. Prospect Ave., is closing. The East Side staple will be replaced by a new restaurant from the owners of Kanpai Japanese Restaurant, Kanpai2. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Kneisler’s White House, 2900 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will close January 1 “for an undetermined amount of time for remodeling.” [OnMilwaukee]

• Viking-themed bar and restaurant Valhalla has closed after less than a year in business. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• New owners have taken over The Irish Pub, 124 N. Water St., though they intend to keep it pretty much the same. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• We interrupt these openings and closings to present the latest video from the Platinum Boys, “Lord Knows.” [Victim Of Time]

• Grassroots Salad Company is coming to the old Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in the downtown Chase Tower, 111 E. Wisconsin Ave. [LoriFredrich.com]

• Vanguard owners Chris Schulist and Jim McCann are considering opening a new south side bar in the former Cloud Bar, 111 W. Howard Ave. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The fog is getting thicker, and Third Space Brewing is getting laaaarrrrger! [LoriFredrich.com]

• After 142 years of service, Engine 6 in the Brady Street neighborhood is no more. [OnMilwaukee]

• Twin Brother is back! As a solo project! Here’s a new song! [Shepherd Express]

• Have a great weekend/holiday, Milwaukee!

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