Looking for a roundup of Milwaukee food and drink news? Then take a bite of our cleverly titled, bi-weekly Food/Drink Roundup! This week: The Seafood Shack coming to the East Side?

• Remember Louie’s Char Dogs & Butter Burgers? You know, that pretty good burger joint that opened in 2021 in that little strip mall on the East Side where Blockbuster used to be (2336 N. Farwell Ave.), and quietly closed in 2023? Yeah, that one. Well, a seafood place might be moving in.

A recent license application reveals that The Seafood Shack plans to take over the former Louie’s. Urban Milwaukee notes that “the upcoming restaurant would be the third for owner Tyseria Griffin, who also operates The Seafood Shack at 2703 S. Chicago Ave. in South Milwaukee. A previous location at 2500 N. Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa closed in March.” Also…

Like its sibling locations, the new restaurant plans to offer a variety of fried seafood items such as salmon, catfish, perch and shrimp, along with a handful of salads, burgers and sandwiches. The menu could also include sides like garlic bread, french fries and mozzarella sticks.

Although the South Milwaukee restaurant is known for its alcoholic drinks, including a rainbow of “fish bowl” cocktails and spiked slushies, the new restaurant has no plans to serve alcohol, Griffin stated on the license application.

Sounds promising! Oh, and R.I.P. Louie’s. It was kind of weird in there, but dude sometimes slipped us a free Mountain Dew. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The 2024 Wisconsin State Fair will come complete with four new cream puff flavors: root beer float, raspberry cheesecake, English toffee, and chocolate birthday cake. [OnMilwaukee]

• That old Olive Garden at 8531 W. Brown Deer Rd. might become a family-friendly-venue-by-day, hookah-bar-by-night joint called Pure Lounge & Restaurant. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The Wolf On Broadway has rebranded as Uncle Wolfie’s Dinner Diner. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• A new Milwaukee fish and chicken place called, well, Milwaukee Fish & Chicken, is planned for the old MooSa’s at 405 N. 27th St. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Thanks to a $150,000 loan from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and more than $33,000 from a GoFundMe campaign, the Riverwest Co-op has been saved! [FOX 6]

• Former Brewers star Corey Hart has teamed up with Milwaukee’s Central Standard Craft Distillery to create a lemon vodka moonshine called “Corey Hart’s #1 Ballpark Shine.” [OnMilwaukee]

• Phan’s Garden, 1923 W. National Ave., is closed. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A number of Third Ward businesses are planning some cutesy “we can all agree on beer, right?” events for the Republican National Convention. [OnMilwaukee]

• Speaking of the RNC, there’s a “horrible city” beer, of course. [WISN 12]

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