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WEST BEND — Wing lovers will certainly not lack for flavors to indulge in with the grand opening of 228 Tap House — a new bar and grill with an entertainment venue — today in the city.

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MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers' administration issued a new order Tuesday limiting the size of public indoor gatherings as COVID-19 spreads unchecked across the state, in a move certain to alienate Republicans as well as tavern and restaurant owners.Wisconsin has become one of the worst hot…

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OCONOMOWOC — With Wisconsin already getting a taste of some cold days earlier this month, it’s hard to ignore that chillier days and an end to outdoor dining at area restaurants are on the horizon.Outdoor dining was seemingly a big help for a lot of restaurants amid the pandemic as it allowe…

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CEDARBURG — If you have ever tasted one of Cream & Crepe Café’s signature entrée or dessert crepes or one of their famously delicious soups you can understand why this restaurant is still a success after 43 years in business. Credit that success to long-time owner Donna Taylor by knowing…

WAUKESHA — Rebranding can be a scary move for any long-time business, and currently, fears can be exacerbated by COVID-19. That was the case for The Spanish Traveler, which rebranded from Taco Amigo at 2104 Silvernail Road officially during mid-June.The Spanish Traveler owner Joseph Woolfolk…

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WEST BEND — Each year, Roots and Branches honors a business in West Bend for its dedication to the appearance, and in some cases the improvements, of the exterior of its building and outdoor space.This year, Roots and Branches recognizes Pizza Ranch with the West Bend Mutual Insurance Busine…

WAUKESHA — Since a new restaurant, Hibachi Boy, 1403 Summit Ave., opened in mid-July, the business has been serving hibachi and sushi to customers in the area.19-year-old owner Julius Sayavong said he decided to the business when he realized school wasn’t for him after a year.“Luckily I had …

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — BelAir Cantina patrons now have 3,000 additional square feet to spread out and enjoy a taco and margarita.The restaurant’s location in The Corners of Brookfield opened its addition to the public on Friday. The former restaurant space will temporarily close for additional…

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CEDARBURG — Like many local businesses, Galioto’s Twelve21 had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of their changes was opening up a new outdoor patio for their customers.The pandemic has been a journey of just putting one foot in front of the other, said owner Meg Galioto.“When COVID…

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Diners looking to expand their preferred flavor profiles will enjoy the new take on authentic Korean cuisine at Milwaukee’s Char’d, a restaurant that proudly reinterprets traditional tastes and favorites in a modern and upscale way. Executive Chef Yosub Yoon explains that, to create the cuisine, he deconstructs traditional Korean dishes and then reconstructs them, adding different approaches, ingredients and other tasty twists. 

 WAUKESHA — The Spot has been offering American breakfasts and dinners to Waukesha customers for the last 10 years. The restaurant has since rebranded in June as El Zócalo — offering the same American breakfast menu with new Mexican dinners.El Zócalo is at 500 E. Broadway, Waukesha. Owner Fe…

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WEST BEND — On Sunday, Hankerson’s Country Oven Inc. owner Ryan Hankerson announced the business will take a break from its cafe operations.He stated there is no definite end date, but it will be ending soon.“We have been trying to keep things as normal as possible,” said Hankerson in a Face…

BROOKFIELD — Mr. B’s — a Bartolotta Steakhouse in Brookfield and Harbor House on Lake Michigan announced they will reopen Sept. 2 with new dining experiences.In their press release, Mr. B’s, 18380 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, announced it will reopen on Sept. 2 with a newly decorated patio,…

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MEQUON — It has been the go-to place for breakfast and lunch for generations of area families for 30 years. And while the Wooden Goose Cafe survived being forced out of their longtime building in 2016, they could not survive the pandemic.Cafe owners Bob, Claire and Andrew Schuster announced …

GRAFTON — Grafton will soon have a new spot to enjoy Asian-inspired cuisine. According to the July 28 agenda for the Grafton Plan Commission, Nanthakan Hamachuta has proposed to open Phrasungk sushi/Thai restaurant in the former Downtown Pizza building on 1228 12th Ave. Community Development…

WAUKESHA — After 27 years in the Waukesha community, Murf’s Frozen Custard and Jumbo Burgers announced they have closed their location in the city as of Tuesday.The business, which is tucked behind others at 1345 South West Ave. in Waukesha, has been a staple of the city — known for its swee…

WAUKESHA — Although many area restaurants have been following CDC guidelines and requiring employees to wear masks at work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the new mask mandate issued by Governor Tony Evers now requires masks on all employees and customers in a public area.The manda…

WAUKESHA — After 27 years, Murf’s in Waukesha has permanently closed.The restaurant posted on its website that it will close its Waukesha location, 1345 S. West Ave., effective today and is being sold.Fans can still go to the Brookfield location at 12505 Burleigh Road.

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Families and friends are looking for ways to enjoy our beautiful summer weather that are fun and socially responsible. Ozaukee County restaurants are working hard to deliver just that, first with carryout and curbside pick-up, and now with outdoor dining experiences that are fun and safe. We…

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WEST BEND — A new stop for area food trucks could be the Fleet Farm parking lot. Fleet Farm, 3815 West Washington St., requested a conditional use permit from West Bend to carry out a mobile food truck operation in the northeast corner of the parking lot.After viewing the request, city staff…

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MEQUON — If you enjoy all that the Mequon Town Center has to offer, wait until you see what is coming next.The Mequon businessman who created the Foxtown Brewery is behind a proposed 22,069-square-foot multi-tenant building that will include a restaurant, beer garden, covered pavilion, ice c…

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MEQUON — Thiensville-based restaurant Falafel Guys is entering the Mequon Public Market at 6300 W. Mequon Road on Aug. 4 after three businesses recently announced their closure within the market.They are closing their original location at 105 W. Freistadt Road to be permanently replaced by t…

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GRAFTON — The Grafton Noodles & Company is currently closed to be repainted. They are hoping to be open in the next week or so. During this time, they are not doing catering or carryout orders. The next closest locations are in Mequon on 10942 N. Port Washington Rd. or in Fox Point on 87…

Milwaukee is in the midst of a season unlike any in our collective memory as we reassess, reconfigure, reaffirm and reinvigorate who we are as a city and a region. So is there really any better time to spotlight and celebrate the good things, great people and places, and amazing experiences this area has to offer? 

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WAUKESHA — The sidewalk café and temporary extensions of a licensed premises revisions unanimously passed the Common Council meeting after the third reading for the item was waived on Tuesday.The proposed sidewalk café ordinance outlines new changes that are more lenient than those introduce…

MUSKEGO — For 10 years, Erin Zielinski was a teacher, cultivating a sense of creativity and belonging in order to help her students learn. So when she was presented with the opportunity to buy a coffee shop on Janesville Road, Zielinski jumped at the chance, bringing those skills and her lov…

BROOKFIELD — The Fuddruckers location at 16065 Bluemound Road is permanently closed as of July 15. Consumers were informed Thursday and The Freeman confirmed via phone call the location will not be reopening.“We have enjoyed serving you and thank you for your business,” Fuddruckers said in a…

Food inflation has arrived, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that means slimmer profits for many already-ailing restaurants even as diners pay more for meals.Full-service restaurant prices rose a record 0.9% in June from a month earlier. At the same t…

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WEST BEND — As the weather warms up, area restaurants with patios are finding that customers prefer to eat outside. Inside, establishments are stepping up sanitation and safety protocols while customers stay receptive to safety measures.

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WAUKESHA — Cousins Subs is now asking the public to round up amid the coin shortage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.Guests who are paying for their order in cash at the company’s locations impacted by the coin shortage are asked to to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar in supp…

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WAUKESHA — Revisions to the sidewalk cafe ordinance, which would allow bars to have sidewalk cafes, not just restaurants, along with other revisions, were approved by the Ordinance & License Committee Monday night.

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CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Michael’s House of Prime announced Tuesday it will temporarily close after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.“We recently learned that one of our staff members tested positive for COVID. As a result, we have decided to close until all staff members are tested and…

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THIENSVILLE — The owners of the cheel, 105 S. Main St., were given a “reality check” in regard to how serious the COVID-19 pandemic is after principal owners Barkha and Jesse Daily were exposed to it, according to a Facebook post.

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THIENSVILLE — Fiddleheads, one of the largest privately- held coffee and café businesses in southeast Wisconsin, announced Tuesday that it will open a flagship café in the new BMO Tower, 790 N. Water St., in conjunction with Irgens Partners LLC, the Tower’s developer, and property manager.

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is retreating from its original plans to name businesses and other places where there have been at least two confirmed cases of the coronavirus after businesses groups and Republican lawmakers opposed the idea.Also Tuesday, Dane Cou…

CEDARBURG — Despite several precautions that were put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Brandywine, W61 N480 Washington Ave., the restaurant has had to shut down due to a positive case, according to a Facebook post.“Last week a staff member complained of an uncommon symptom and w…

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OKAUCHEE — A new bar named Tie Up Bar and Grill is entering the Okauchee scene and will be making its grand opening on the same day as the annual Okauchee Tie Up on July 25.