Every Friday, Stuff We Missed (formerly Off The Record, which is now the name of our print-only Colectivo publication) looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• For all intents and purposes, Milwaukee’s streetcar system, The Hop, has been a success. People have been riding the thing. It has an app now. GO BUCKS. But one thing The Hop just can’t seem to do is charm the federal government. Milwaukee has twice applied for a U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant to extend the 2.5-mile streetcar line to Fiserv Forum, and it has twice lost out. But now, with the feds once again opening a competition for the BUILD (and other) grants, Milwaukee is set to apply for a third time. Will Milwaukee apply? Probably. Will it win? Probably not.
“The probability of getting a BUILD grant are pretty low, but we certainly should be applying,” said Ald. Robert Bauman. Well, okay then.
Grant or no grant, the extension will get built. In today’s “in time for the DNC” news…
Milwaukee officials have changed their strategy for that extension since the last time they applied for a BUILD grant in 2017. Polenske’s department is studying a possible incremental approach. It could mean Milwaukee would build Hop track to Wisconsin Avenue using city money alone.
The goal would be to have that extension to Wisconsin Avenue start service before the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in July 2020. Public Works officials also are exploring ways to open the streetcar’s lakefront loop for service in time for the DNC.
Applications are due July 15. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• The MECCA Sports Bar and Grill—located next to Fiserv Forum in the so-called “Deer District”—will open May 3. What to expect for the beautifully named new bar/restaurant? How about a “36-foot HD screen featuring state-of-the-art picture and sound for an immersive sports experience, along with two full-size bars for 600 guests, outdoor seating on both levels and arena-style seating on the second floor.” [OnMilwaukee]
• Big changes are coming to Bradford Beach this summer. Chicago-based The Dock will take over the beach’s food and beverage concessions, including those cool little tiki huts. Expect tempura fish tacos, yellowfin tuna steak, grass-fed burgers, stuff for kids, and more. Northpoint Custard, meanwhile, will transform into MooSa’s, which will be run by the owners of Casablanca on Brady Street. [BizTimes]
• A new cafe called Humboldt West will open this summer at 2841 S. Howell Ave., across the street from Humboldt Park. The cafe will offer cocktails, sandwiches, salads, and—buckle up for this—takeout beer and wine for the nearby park. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• The new Caley Conway EP, Surrounded Middle, is finally here, and it is incredible. [Bandcamp]
• Did Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress buy a seafood food truck that will tool around Milwaukee and Miller Park? You bet he did. [The Takeout]
• The Common Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum fine for soliciting a prostitute from $500 to $2,500. Also being considered: shaming convicted “johns” on City Channel 25. The ordinance now goes to Mayor Barrett for final approval. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Ian’s Pizza is great. Ian’s Pizza is opening a third Milwaukee location, this one at 5300 W. Bluemound Rd. Ian’s Pizza plans to have its third Milwaukee location up and running on June 1. [TMJ4]
• Bruce “Party Pooper” Murphy is here to remind all you Brewers and Bucks fans that you’re getting screwed and that you’re just making the rich richer. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Speaking of the Bucks and making the rich richer, people are buying a lot of Bucks shit. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• It’s “Here’s the schedule for…” season in Milwaukee, so here’s the schedule for Jazz in the Park 2019. [Shepherd Express]
• The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation will move from the East Side to that ugly new Hammes Co. building downtown. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• The Marcus Corp. will build a “pocket park” on North Water Street, kind of nearby that ugly new Hammes. Co. building downtown. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!