Changes for a Downtown Landmark
John Hawks' new owner, and a future for Pizza Man?
The 100 East Wisconsin building has housed John Hawks Pub for 21 years. That’s two years longer than its old Broadway digs – 607 N. Broadway – where Hawks lived from 1971 to 1990. Restaurateur Brian Ward (proprietor of Ward’s House of Prime) wants to make sure the pub lives a long life in the 100 East building. Ward is buying the business from founder Robert Bell. Among Ward's plans for the space is to remodel the dining room. His goal is to give it more of an “intimate, pub feel,” he says. More booths will be added to the dining room and some large-screen TVs will join the bar. He doesn’t have a firm timeline for the remodel, and it may involve closing the restaurant for a bit, but Ward wants to keep the deli part of the business open throughout the changes. Aside from offering soups, sandwiches and salads, the menu will have an English bent to it, with traditional items like Scotch eggs, chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, and Indian curry (big in pubs in England).
Gone For Good?
Is Pizza Man really, really gone? Sad as it is, the owners of the East Side pizzeria – whose location (1800 E. North Ave.) burned to the ground in January 2010 – are not planning to rebuild, according to the Journal Sentinel. The pub quotes co-owner Deanna Amidzich citing health concerns and the responsibilities associated with their other company, Stinky Gringo (which markets a margarita mix). Man, do I have memories of that cavernous joint – burning the roof of my mouth on sausage pizzas, and sipping glasses of good red wine in booths carved with graffiti. Even dates at the bar. Maybe I don’t want to remember those dates….
The Rain in Spain
There’s still time to try Cubanitas’ Menu of the Americas, but not much. The Downtown Cuban restaurant (728 N. Milwaukee St., 414-225-1760) has been running a special Latin menu every week – Monday through Thursday, only – since the beginning of 2011. That’s in addition to the regular menu. This week is Spain, featuring gazpacho, paella Valenciana mixta, gambas al ajillo (shrimp cooked in garlic), churros and other specialties. The menu is available from 5 p.m. Next week will wind up the special with Venezuela.
Look for more Dish on Dining soon…
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