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

• Good god, what a gut-punch of a week. Do we even need to sum it up? Do we even need to relive it? Do we even need to consider how crazy it is that indefensible sexism in music, sports, and entertainment were the light outrages of the week? No, no we don’t. Ugh. Here are some links about Milwaukee restaurants and stuff instead. And oh yeah: Tom Petty died. Jesus.

• Strange Town, 2101 N. Prospect Ave., is open. Owned by Andy Noble, the East Side restaurant/bar promises an ever-changing plant-based menu, good vibes, and rare vinyl. Wow! This sounds great! [OnMilwaukee]

• All Purpose Bar & Kitchen, 814 S. Second St., will close October 14. Boone & Crockett’s John Revord, Gypsy Taco’s Mitch Ciohon, and Vanguard’s Shay Linkus will take over the space with a new, as-yet-unannounced concept. Awesome! Can’t wait! [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Bicycle enthusiasts Seth Ogden and Rick Goyette have opened Velobahn Coffee & Cycle, 3618 W. Pierce St., which is being dubbed Milwaukee’s first bicycle cafe. Coffee, snacks, new and used bikes, and (eventually) bike supplies are available. Neat. [OnMilwaukee]

• Black Sheep, 216 S. 2nd St., has new dinner and brunch menus. Okay. [OnMilwaukee]

• Anyway, on to some non-restaurant news. How about a video? Here’s “Bones,” the latest video from Listening Party. The Jessica Farrell-directed clip debuted earlier this week at the Milwaukee Film Festival. [YouTube]

• When the apocalypse finally comes (any day now!), only two things will survive: cockroaches and Bublr Bike stations. The unstoppable non-profit Milwaukee bike sharing system installed its 60th (!) station this week, with hopes of hitting 100 (!!) by the end of the year. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Speaking of bikes, Wheel & Sprocket got the green light to build its first Milwaukee location in a renovated Bay View warehouse at 187 E. Becher St. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that the “Bay View shop and offices, with 10 to 20 employees, would be within a few blocks of hundreds of new apartments, including the 291-unit Stitchweld community, 2151-2181 S. Robinson Ave.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Remember that Applebee’s on the ground floor of the Shops of Grand Avenue? It’s a Milwaukee County Historical Society mini museum now! The museum, Brew City MKE, tells the story of “brewing in Milwaukee via a range of images, artifacts, text panels, audio visual elements and hands-on features.” It also has an on-site tavern. [OnMilwaukee]

• Milwaukee metal gods Northless will release a new album, Last Bastion Of Cowardice, November 17. Here’s a trailer. [YouTube]

• “Find out where the Milwaukee Brewers ranked in MLB attendance this season,” teased the Milwaukee Business Journal. Answer: 10th. [Saved You A Click]

• From 2011 to 2015, 37,325 people moved to Milwaukee County. But where did they come from? Urban Milwaukee has the answers. (Spoiler: Illinois.) [Urban Milwaukee]

• Phoenix, Paramore, Walk The Moon, Dashboard Confessional, and Foster The People are just a few of the acts lined up for FM 102/1’s annual Big Snow Show at The Rave. [Shepherd Express]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!

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