Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• Do you miss Milwaukee Metalfest? Of course you do. There hasn’t been a Milwaukee Metalfest since 2007; but now, thanks to Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta securing the rights to the storied, sadly extinct event, Milwaukee Metalfest is expected to return in 2023. YES.
“I am so grateful and thrilled that [festival founder] Jack Koshick has passed the Milwaukee Metalfest torch off to me,” Jasta says. “He is a visionary and we will carry on the Milwaukee Metalfest legacy for years to come. So many of us have great memories from Milwaukee Metalfest, and the time is right for it to return.”
Milwaukee Metalfest’s original run was from 1987 through 2004. Loudwire notes that the 1991 edition alone featured sets from Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Napalm Death, Sepultura, and Sick Of It All. [Loudwire]
• There was a time—pre-pandemic, natch—when the Milwaukee streetcar was Super Controversial. Supporters claimed it would revolutionize public transportation and encourage growth and development; detractors claimed no, no it wouldn’t. Now, nearly four years after its contentious debut, The Hop is fine. Oh, and it’s trying, once again, to win a $33 million federal grant to expand its tracks to the downtown convention center on Wisconsin Avenue. (A lakefront extension tied to the construction of the long-delayed Couture building is expected in 2023.) [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Some Milwaukee County Supervisors want to include another “advisory referendum” about legalizing marijuana on November 8 ballots. Like the last time this was done, in 2018, voters will overwhelmingly vote YES, but since it’s just a referendum and the gerrymandered-into-permanent-power minority party that absolutely doesn’t give a shit about you and certainly doesn’t give a shit about legal weed will do nothing. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A new bar (and restaurant!) is coming to the old Vitucci’s space at 1832 E. North Ave. on the East Side. [OnMilwaukee]
• So long, Gordo Burger at 2301 S. Howell Ave. in Bay View; hello, Gordo’s Bubble Waffles And More at 2301 S. Howell Ave. in Bay View. [Urban Milwaukee]
• The Riverwest Co-Op, located at 733 E. Clarke St., will close after this weekend. “It is with heavy yet hopeful hearts that we must announce the closure of the Cafe as of Monday, July 11th,” reads a message from the Co-Op. But it may not be a complete closure. The message continues:
We are putting all of our energy into pivoting our operations in the hope of securing the future of the Co-Op’s grocery store. […] We do have plans to keep that space activated and are looking at partnerships with other businesses, having pop-up meals of your all-time favorites, bakery, Grab-n-Go, and more. We are hopeful that with all of the energy influxing right now, we can set a plan in motion to reimagine and reopen the Café again in the future.
The Co-Op’s grocery store opened in 2001. The cafe opened in 2004. [Milwaukee Magazine]
• Jazz In The Park kicks off on July 21. Here’s the full schedule for the popular downtown, Thursday-night series. [OnMilwaukee]
• The Dubbel Dutch Hotel, located at 817 N. Marshall St., is getting its own art gallery. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A hard seltzer pop-up called Seltzerland will pop up in the Deer District on July 16. [OnMilwaukee]
• You can get breakfast at 3rd Street Market Hall now. [OnMilwaukee]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!
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