I recently had the chance to speak to Linda Sackett, the new owner of O’Lydia’s, formerly Slim’s on 1st, a Walkers Point staple since 1995. Linda offically became the owner of the business February 14, and then changed the name March 21.
Linda’s name may sound familiar — she ran the Brown Bottle inside the Historic Schlitz Brewery Building Downtown from 1992 to 2004 until Dean Cannestra and Libiamo took over the space.
Linda tells me she is excited about her new menu (including Sunday brunch). She has added some things to give it her own thumb print but kept many of the favorites that the folks around Slim’s are used to — like Classic Rueben rolls, the Irish Beef Sandwich, and of course Slim’s famous Meatloaf.
On the appetizer side she added the Bruschetta, Blue Moon Onion Rings, Pineapple Shrimp, Steak Strips, Irish Soaker and a Reuben Dip. For sandwiches she added the Leg O’Lamb, the Cuban, the Country Western Turkey and the Nation Tuna Salad. Linda has also expanded its salad offerings including a Pineapple Shrimp Salad.
Another new feature you will see are the three weekly dinner specials. This past week’s specials (Mar 21-28) included a Grilled Pork Loin with apple chutney and horseradish mashed potatoes, Grilled NY Strip with bleu cheese hash browns, and BBQ’d Ribs, all served with vegetables and choice of soup or salad.
Linda says, “I am very proud of the fact that all of our sauces, dressings, soups, etc are made from scratch in our prep kitchen. Slim set the pace by offering excellent food and great service and I intend to keep it that way.”
O’Lydia’s will continue to offer a traditional Milwaukee Fish Fry as well as offering some specialty fish entrées, with a broiled and baked option.
Shuttles will continue to run to the remaining Bucks games and shuttles are already scheduled for Summerfest and Irish Fest.
Sunday Brunch will continue and so will its legendary open air patio
All Bloodies are all made from scratch, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, French Toast, Omelets (Seafood, Southwest, Farmers) all made to order.
Last week’s brunch specials included banana pancakes, biscuits and gravy with bleu cheese hash browns. This Sunday’s special is corned beef hash.
Brunch will be served every Sunday from 10am until 3pm.
O’Lydia’s Irish Pub
338 S. 1st Street
Milwaukee WI, 53204
Monday – Saturday 11am-Close
Sunday – 10am-Close
Kitchen Closes at 10pm
The owners of Pizza Man, the iconic restaurant that was destroyed by a fire in January, 2010 have decided not to reopen the business, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
This past January, the owners had announced that they had found a new location for the business and would share the news later that month. Unfortunatly, this never happened.
To read the full article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel click here.
After 40 years, it was announced today that John Hawks Pub, a Milwaukee Landmark, will be soon be getting a new owner
Robert Bell, John Hawk’s founder he has agreed to sell his business to Brian Ward, the owner of Ward’s House of Prime in downtown Milwaukee so he can retire in early May. Bell feels that Ward, who has been actively involved in every aspect of the restaurant industry since the age of 15, is the perfect person to continue Hawk’s legacy in Milwaukee.
“I’m honored that Robert has the confidence in me to continue the legacy he built here in Milwaukee and I’m looking forward to updating it to make it my own while keeping its original integrity,” says Ward. “John Hawks is a Milwaukee landmark and it’s great to be leading its rebirth for future success.”
Ward says he is excited about the purchase is planning on changing the restaurant’s current menu to feature many delicious homemade soups, fresh healthy salads and hearty sandwiches along variety traditional English fare.
The facility’s deli will also be enhanced to have more a New York style approach and appeal. Photo: John Hawk's Facebook page
Ward is planning on renovating the entire facility to give it more a contemporary English feel including adding more booths to the dining area and several large screen tvs to the bar area to make it more of a lounge area where people want to hang out. Ward also plans on adding many English and European beers for Milwaukee’s beer connoisseurs to enjoy as well as unique, upscale brands of scotch and whiskey.
History of John Hawks Pub:
John Hawks Pub opened its doors at 607 North Broadway in downtown Milwaukee in 1971. The pub quickly became a popular downtown establishment and in 1973 Mayor Henry Meier awarded the pub the city’s Beautification Award. In 1986, Hawks was remodeled and enlarged to accommodate 275 patrons.
John Hawks made a historic move to Milwaukee’s most prestigious address, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave. in September of 1990. In 1991, the Riverwalk Patio opened and Milwaukee’s 1st Riversplash Festival was held. The attention was on the patio in 1993, when a duck name Gwen made it her nesting home. Hawks received The Gertie Riverwalk Award in 1993 “For contribution and support to make Milwaukee Riverwalk District a Better Place to Visit, Work and Live.”
John Hawks Pub
100 E Wisconsin Ave # 1
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4107
The West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe will take over the vacant space left by Bella’s Fat Cat at 2975 N. Oakland Ave. Bella’s closed this location in late, 2010.
The local Cheese & Sausage Shoppe currently operates two other locations, one in West Allis, and the other in the Milwaukee Public Market Downtown. It’s original West Allis Shoppe was recently renovated due to fire.
West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe has maintained old world service making its stores a family shopping tradition for over 40 years, selling only the finest selections of award winning cheeses manufactured by the best cheese artisans the dairy state offers.
The West Allis Cheese Shoppe's Milwaukee Public Market location.
The new location plans to carry over 300 varieties of cheese (just like Downtown), many of which are award-winning. In addition to its Wisconsin cheese and imported cheese, they also carry a complete offering of hand made sausages, brats and Bavarian style meats made from traditional recipes.
Also on the menu at the new location … Freshly brewed Sven’s Coffee and an expansion of its specialty sandwich menu from its Milwaukee Public Market location. They will also utilize the equipment left by Bella’s Fat Cat and offer Frozen Custard.
The new space also has twelve tables for dining and will offer outdoor seating during the warmer months.
A grand opening is planned for next Wednesday, March 30. We recommend calling 414-962-5455 to confirm they are still planing to open on this date.
West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe
2975 N. Oakland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 6:30am-10pm, Sunday 8am-6pm (Sunday they will sell a 1 LB. of hot ham with 6 free rolls)
West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe
6832 West Becher Street
West Allis, WI 53219
Hours: Monday thru Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
West Allis Cheese Shoppe at Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours: Monday thru Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Nite Owl Drive-in, a classic ice cream parlor and burger joint serving Milwaukee since 1948 re-opens today. Nite Owl tradtionally closes for the season around the first week of December (depending on the weather) and re-opens right after St. Patrick’s Day.
For more than 60 years this classic has been serving up some of the city’s best old-fashioned ice cream, burgers, sandwiches, ice cream sodas, sundaes, malts and shakes.
Step back into time at the Nite Owl Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-6:45pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Nite Owl Drive-In
830 E. Layton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Care-A-Lotta is planning a fundraiser April 3 for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This will be the first such event in the Midwest, and one of the first nationally.
Bartolotta Restaurants, owned by brothers Joe Bartolotta and double-James Beard Award winning Chef Paul Bartolotta, are once again organizing a charity event to help those in need. Past events have included the 9/11 Fundraiser for New York, and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Fund.
Twenty top restaurants from Wisconsin and Chicago, joined by guest star national chefs will each serve one Japanese-themed food item, in the beautiful and historic Grain Exchange Room. Guests will enjoy donated white wines and Champagnes, as well as sake and Japanese beers. There will be Japanese music and art, and a culinary/wine silent auction, featuring items donated by Chefs Morimoto, Nobu and Roy Yamaguchi.
Additionally, participating restaurants will have collection “lanterns” at their home restaurants, and a signature artistic t-shirt and poster will be sold. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, designated for Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund.
Guest Chefs include Tim Cushman , Chef/Owner, o ya of Boston. Tim is a James Beard Nominee this year for Best Chef North East. O ya is the #1 Restaurant in Boston, and in 2008 was the New York Times- Best New Restaurant in the US, Food & Wine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants- World.
Yves Roubaud, Executive Chef/Partner and Naoki Nakashima, Sushi Chef, Shaw’s Crab House Chicago. Shaw’s is the busiest seafood restaurant in the Midwest, and since the addition of the sushi bar overseen by sushi master Nakashima, one of the busiest sushi servers as well.
Local restaurants participating include (partial list as of March 21, 2011):
- Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant
- Harbor House
- Mason Street Grill
- Milwaukee Chop House
- Ru Yi
- Coquette Cafe
- Screaming Tuna
- Muramoto (from Madison)
- Grain Exchange
- Machi Produce
- Cold Spoons Gelato
- Classy Girl Cupcakes
So, please tell your friends and mark your calendar now for Sunday, April 3 2011 from 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Photo: The Bartolotta Restaurant Group
Tickets are $75 and include all food and 3 drink tickets. Cash bar also available. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday, March 22 by calling 414-727-6980 or online at shop.bartolottas.com.
The Grain Exchange Room
225 E. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
As we reported back in February, two Milwaukee-area chefs were nominated for two James Beard Awards.
Justin Aprahamian of Sanford was a semi-finalist for Rising Star of the Year and Best Chef, Midwest. Dan Van Rite of Hinterland was nominated as well for Best Chef, Midwest.
Today, the James Beard Foundation announced that Chef de Cuisine Justin Aprahamian has advanced from semi-finalist to finalist for Best Chef, Midwest.
Finalists for Best Chef, Midwest:
- Justin Aprahamian, Chef de Cuisine of Sanford in Milwaukee.
- Tory Miller, Chef/co-owner of L’Etoile in Madison
- Isaac Becker, Chef/co-owner of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa in Minneapolis
- Lenny Russo, Chef/co-owner of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul
- Colby Garrelts of Bluestem in Kansas City
This year’s five nominees for Best Chef Midwest (one of 10 regional chef awards) were selected from a group 20 semifinalists.
The final James Beard Award winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception in New York on May 9, 2011 at Lincoln Center.
1547 North Jackson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
Hinterland Erie Street Gastro Pub
222 East Erie Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Photo: Screaming Tuna Facebook
Update: March 18, 2011 at 10:10pm
I just received great news! Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro would like to help those affected by the devastating earthquake & tsunami. The new Fifth Ward restaurant will donate 20% of its sales through the end of March to the Red Cross to help the people of Japan.
March 18, 2011 at 4:29pm
Screaming Tuna Sushi and Asian Bistro, Milwaukee’s newest restaurant on the Milwaukee River announced via its Facebook page today that it is opening up to the public for the first time Saturday, March 19 and is taking a limited number of reservations only. Up until now, the restaurant had only hosted ‘soft openings’ for its family and friends.
Photo: Screaming Tuna
Screaming Tuna is a Sushi and Asian Bistro specializing in traditional dishes with a twist. From its signature roll, to its Sushi Pizza, you’ll find classic flavors and with one-of-a-kind Italian inspired fusion.
The full bar is complimented with a very extensive wine & cocktail menu, and an exciting Wine of the Month Club.
With seating for 140 inside, and additional tables outside, you’ll always be able take in one of the best skyline views in Milwaukee.
Screaming Tuna will be open tomorrow from 4:30pm until close. Call (414) 763-1637 for reservations.
106 W Seeboth
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Growing from just 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to thousands across the country today, the UNICEF Tap Project has quickly become a powerful national movement.
As of press time, the following restaurants have signed on to participate in Tap Project Milwaukee (Part of World Water Week) Sunday, March 20- Saturday, March 26.
If any restaurants join the project after this blog is posted, we will add them to this list.
These restaurants will ask their customers to donate $1 for tap water they usually enjoy for free. By donating $1 or more for a glass of tap water you can provide a child safe water for 40 days, or provide 40 children clean water for one day.
All UNICEF Tap Project donations will support UNICEF water programs, which provide clean, safe water to children around the world.
For more information about the event, or to donate please visit: