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M IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

By JOAN ELOVITZ KAZAN

May 2017

 

Illustration by STEPHANIE STEINHAUER

SEE & DO

If “ball game, take me out to” makes perfect sense to you, then Star Wars Night at Miller Park on May 13 should top your to-do list. Character appearances, a post-game laser show and a Jedi bobblehead giveaway are part of the fun. Oh, and there’s a baseball game that night too. 1 Brewers Way, (414) 902-4000, milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com

Bring the kids to Mitchell Boulevard Park to enjoy the playground and check out the artist Nancy Metz White’s “Tree of Life” sculpture (cool photo op alert!). 5115 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 342-0215, county.milwaukee.gov

The streets of Story Hill attract a slew of hardcore bargain hunters for the neighborhood association’s annual rummage sale. Return customers from near and far have their calendars marked for Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plan to get there early, and check out the bargains gracing the driveways of 35 to 40 neighborhood homes.
 

EAT& DRINK

The “BKC” in Story Hill BKC stands for bottle, kitchen and cocktail. And although the “K” for kitchen may be second in the name, the kitchen is arguably the primary focus at this neighborhood hot spot. Weekend brunch? Try the baked French toast bread pudding. Happy hour snacks? Order the smoked duck and pear salad or avocado toast. For dinner, it’s tough to choose between the homemade flatbreads and an impressive variety of pass-and-share options, but whatever you pick, save room for the warm cherry upside-down cake for dessert. The atmosphere is casually elegant, and the service is warmly attentive too. 5100 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 539-4424, storyhillbkc.com

Calling Kelly’s Bleachers the ultimate sports bar would not be an understatement. Typical bar fare includes Macho Nachos, an overflowing platter topped with everything you can think of, and Cordon Brewer Balls — deep-fried chicken bites stuffed with ham and cheese. Burger choices are plentiful, but try the signature Bleacher Burger, which is topped with lettuce, tomato and cheese and served with a side of Thousand Island dressing. Shuttles to Miller Park on game days, trivia night and music bingo make Kelly’s Bleachers a fun hangout before, during and after the game, and even on those rare, sad evenings without baseball. 5218 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 258-9837, kellysbleachers1.com.
 

DID YOU KNOW?

Story Hill might look like it jumped off the pages of a children’s book, but the name actually came from Hiram Story, who settled the land in the 1840s. Story discovered that mining the stone beneath his farmland would be a bigger moneymaker than farming, and he was right. He built a big house on the hill above the quarry — hence the name, Story Hill.
 

STATS

Population 31,000
5 percent white
55 percent African-American
10 percent Asian-American
7 percent Hispanic
2 percent American-Indian
Median sale price (house) $263,000*

Statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau
*Provided by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors





 

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