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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…

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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.

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MADISON, Wis. — Public health officials are closing indoor service at bars in Madison as the Fourth of July weekend approaches and as the number of reported coronavirus cases accelerate, many involving young people in Wisconsin's largest college community.The order from Public Health Madison…

MADISON, Wis. — Patio or bar stool, sidewalk cafe or upholstered banquette, sitting or standing — safety recommendations for public dining are the same. Stay six feet apart from people you don’t live with. Sanitize your hands. Wear a mask when you can.“Outdoor seating rules are the same as i…

HOUSTON — The din of conversation and music that normally fills The Cottonmouth Club in downtown Houston fell silent last Friday when the owners shut it down for a second time during the coronavirus pandemic — a week before the Texas governor ordered all bars to follow suit amid a surge in i…

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BROOKFIELD — With restaurants working to adjust to new guidelines during the pandemic, the city of Brookfield has incorporated new changes that allow restaurants to provide additional outdoor seating under new guidelines.The city of Brookfield approved a temporary ordinance on June 2, which …

WAUKESHA — Every Friday, the Waukesha County Airport will be the site of two food trucks serving up lunch through Labor Day. The food trucks will be on the east side of the Terminal Building, 2525 Aviation Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Friday. The event information page encourages ta…

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RICHFIELD — Area businessman John Loosen hopes to have renovation and remodeling finished on the Pleasant Hill Bar and Grill in time to have a soft opening in early November. The bar is at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Highway 164.

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OCONOMOWOC — Cornerstone Sports Pub and Eatery held its grand reopening this past weekend with patrons able to explore the renovated space and the new banquet hall on the second floor.

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MEQUON — The Mequon Public Market has not been immune to the negative effects of COVID-19. Despite a strong opening and demand from the community, three businesses inside the market will be permanently closing. According to Cindy Shaffer, developer of the Mequon Public Market, the following …

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RICHFIELD — The former location of Sobelman’s Pub and Grill did not sit vacant very long before it was purchased and will be the new home for another successful regional restaurant — Badger Burger Company North. Owner Mark Weiss, who still owns his original Badger Burger Company in Mukwonago…

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OCONOMOWOC — After just over eight months of renovation, Cornerstone Sports Pub and Eatery, 24 S. Main St., will host its grand reopening this weekend to showcase the new space.

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WAUKESHA – Sidewalk cafés may be getting new privileges pending Waukesha Common Council approval, but revisions to the sidewalk café ordinance itself are not in sight.