Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• Remember Speed 2: Cruise Control, the Keanu Reeves-less sequel to Speed? Sandra Bullock was in it (again), Jason Patric subbed for Keanu, and Willem Dafoe was at his peak Willem Dafoe. Yeah, we don’t remember it, either. But just the premise alone (something to do with a cruise liner) is enough to tie it in to this week’s big Milwaukee news: Viking Cruises announced it will plan “three 8-day cruises, which will include about 20 voyages on the Great Lakes from April through September. All 20 voyages will either start or end at the Port of Milwaukee.” Thousands of passengers will now be able to experience the sights, sounds, and port smells of Milwaukee.
“Our guests are curious explorers,” Chairman of Viking Torstein Hagen said in a press release. “They want to continue traveling with us to familiar and iconic destinations, but they would also like to travel further.”
“We are eager to show off our cultural assets, our natural beauty, and our welcoming spirit,” Mayor Tom Barrett added in a press release. “The cruise passengers will certainly add to the tourism portion of our economy, and the marketing efforts of Viking Expeditions will show the world many of the positive aspects of Milwaukee.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom will rebrand itself as Captain Pabst’s Pilot House. The updated space will also release a new flagship IPA called Seabird. The transformation is set for March. [Shepherd Express]
• Speaking of transformation, work has begun on transforming Bayshore’s town square into…a town square. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• And speaking of malls, arguments have begun in the court hearing over the future of the long-vacant Northridge Mall. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• New Field Report song! [Bandcamp]
• The second annual Milwaukee Museum Week kicks off tomorrow, January 18, and runs through January 26. [BizTimes]
• Milwaukee has applied for a $50 million federal grant to cover security costs of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A second location for Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub is coming to West Milwaukee this spring. [OnMilwaukee]
• Maru Sushi on the East Side is closed. So is the Shah Jee’s on Wells St. And so is the Crab It Your Way in the Chalet at the River building downtown. [OnMilwaukee]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!