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WAUKESHA — A Waukesha favorite, Pat’s Rib Place, is headed to the Milwaukee Public Market to open the business’s second location and provide some Southern-style barbecue to the Milwaukee community.

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MEQUON — After spending years working at their family’s popular Wauwatosa Chinese restaurant, Brian and Tom Wang took a break for several years and waited for just the right opportunity to come up on the culinary horizon.

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TOWN OF CEDARBURG — Just a few days after the death of its founder, Wayne J. Houpt, Wayne’s Drive-In is officially opening for its 23rd season as of 11 a.m. this morning.

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WEST BEND — Wisconsin bars and restaurants are now allowed to serve cocktails and wine to go after Gov. Tony Evers signed the relevant bill into law Friday.

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WEST BEND — Despite the many challenges presented throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, local bars and restaurants have adjusted to maintain the health and happiness of their clientele and staff.

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HARTFORD — A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Wednesday afternoon to welcome Hartford’s newest restaurant to the community — Dude’s Clubhouse.

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WEST BEND — The owner of Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen, 110 Wisconsin St., announced the business will close at the end of the month. The restaurant’s final day of operation is March 27.

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THIENSVILLE — The flavors of the cheel will be revived again at The River Club of Mequon Saturday, April 10 as part of a kitchen takeover. Reservations are highly recommended. A $25 deposit is required for a group of six or more. The deposit will be deducted from the total bill upon conclusi…

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WAUKESHA — The Waukesha Chinese restaurant Spring Garden is closed, with a sign by VJS Construction Services notifying the public the space is available.

Maybe it’s the record store where you bought your first LP or CD with your very own cash. Or the custard stand you loved when you were little and where you now treat your own kids (or grandkids).  Or the new neighborhood speakeasy that’s a blast from the past from the moment you utter the refreshing secret password. Read on for ten retro-tastic Milwaukee area spots that are true classics — or new classics — for nostalgia buffs or just fans of good fun.

For area foodies, there is some good news amid the pandemic. First, ordering a vast variety of takeout food has never been easier. Second, some area restaurants have even found ways to open additional locations and business ventures in the crisis.

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WEST BEND — As West Bend tap + tavern prepares to close its doors, a new restaurant is getting ready to take its place at 215 N. Main St. Dooley’s, a casual family friendly restaurant, is anticipating to open March 13, the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day.

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TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Corners of Brookfield will be teaming up with some of the restaurants located in the mall to offer specialty soups, comfort food and beverages between March 1 and March 6.

MEQUON — Mr. B’s — A Bartolotta Steakhouse will re-open Feb. 4 in Mequon. The restaurant is one of the last of the Bartolotta restaurants to open following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PEWAUKEE — The owner of The Crossings, a Pewaukee and Waukesha staple since 2007, has faced some hardship due to COVID-19, but she plans to continue prospering with her “restaurant family” as she enters another transition in the pandemic.Owner Tracey Evans started the breakfast and lunch res…

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WAUKESHA — Good Harvest Market, 2205 Silvernail Road, announced they have completed the renovation of their 5-year-old Harvest Café and will be reopening their new restaurant today under the name Hop Harvest & Vine.According to a press release from Good Harvest Market, the renovations be…

BORING, Ore. — A line formed out the door during the lunch rush at the Carver Hangar, a family-owned restaurant and sports bar, and waitresses zipped in and out of the kitchen trying to keep up with orders as customers backed up in the lobby.

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OCONOMOWOC — Lake House Cafe has opened in Oconomowoc. The family restaurant in the former Arby’s location at 662 E. Wisconsin Avenue opened on Dec. 29. Lake House Cafe’s hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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GRAFTON — The end of the year marked a new beginning for Eaton’s Fresh Pizza, as they opened a new location in Grafton on Dec. 4 at 1615 Wisconsin Ave.

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TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Corners of Brookfield and the town center’s BelAir Cantina restaurant are embracing the cold this winter season and calling Wisconsinites to come “chill out” at a brand-new ice bar that will be constructed in the coming weeks.

Outdoor dining has been the safer option when eating out during the pandemic, but the cold weather’s left people wondering how they’ll continue to visit their favorite restaurants.

While many of us have been binging Netflix and drinking wine since mid-March, Marcela Lagos and Tamar Kaswan made their long-dormant entrepreneurial dreams come true. Their recipes for success? Start with a delicious product, add a huge helping of passion, top with hard work and serve.   

It’s been a tough year for Wisconsin’s restaurants and the future doesn’t look much improved. To help give the restaurant industry a boost, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association has launched its “Ready to Serve Safely” campaign that showcases restaurants who are committed to employee and cust…

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Food writer and historian Jennifer Billock honors historic Milwaukee dining spots.

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Diners looking for an American twist on a Nordic menu — particularly metro Milwaukee’s sizable Scandinavian population — will find their seafood and steak palates tickled at Wauwatosa’s Eldr + Rime. 

Snuggle in (or venture out) this season with some soul-warming ideas on palate-pleasing food dishes and toasty seasonal beverages. We also have some ideas on dine-in or takeout options, ideal dinner-and-movie pairings from local restaurants, DIY drinks and dishes, taste of Milwaukee gift ideas and an easy way to host a safe holiday party. Happy holidays from the MKE Lifestyle team!