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The Place to Be
A soon-to-open restaurant in hot Walker's Point.
Diner’s Point

Later this month – or some time in May – Zak’s Cafe will start serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at its recently renovated digs in Walker’s Point (231 S. Second St., 414-271-5555). Seems like I was just writing about a new restaurant in Walker’s Point. And at the beginning of this year, I was – INdustri Café, not far south of Zak’s, at 525 S. Second St. Walker’s Point – if not, Second Street in Walker’s Point – is the place to open a restaurant. Dave Swanson, who owns Braise (which connects Wisconsin farmers with chefs and diners), recently announced that he’s opening a restaurant in the old location of Chez Jacques, which was at 1101 S. Second St. For several years, the French cafe has been in a space on First and Washington. But back to Zak’s… The creation of this restaurant owes to the combined efforts of Doug Konzak and Mei-Lyn Nelson. The business partners will use the handsome old building, with its exposed Cream City brick, as the setting for breakfast burritos, brioche French toast, club sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads, and – in the evening – fettuccini alfredo, roast chicken with gravy and dumplings, pan-roasted rib eye, and seared ahi tuna. Nelson says they’ve hired a young cooking staff interested in topical words like sustainability and organic ingredients. She explains that the “green” emphasis carries through the restaurant, which will seat just shy of 100. Zak’s will also serve a range of beers, wines and cocktails. 

Power Hour
Doesn’t it sound nice to get out of work at 4 p.m. and have a “double bubble”? Sure does to me. Keeping with the Walker’s Point theme established thus far, Triskele’s (1801 S. Third St., 414-837-5950) is on the stick with its Happy Hour. It features two-for-one drinks and nicely priced eats – $5 mac and cheese, $5 burgers and $2 succotash tacos. Happy Hour runs Tues-Sat, 4-6 p.m.

Important Stuff
My words may not sway you, although I’m trying to be as persuasive as possible: Our 2011 Readers’ Choice Dining Survey is a needy thing. The more people who complete the survey, the better. The more voices it represents! To make it as quick and easy as possible, the survey is available only online. (No more print ballots to mail in!) Plus, you might win one of six excellent – make that, awesome – prizes. So, come on. Do it! Click here to fill out your ballot. 

Getting Ahead of Myself
It’s not even mid-April, I remind myself. But I’m still aching for the outdoor farmer’s markets. That said, in just one month, we can tip our hats to the season’s first West Allis Farmer’s Market (6501 W. National Ave.). It starts the first Saturday in May (the 7th) and runs a good long time – through the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Per usual, you’ll have three chances to hit it each week – Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays 1-6 p.m. Another market that kicks off earlier in the season is Fondy (2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.), whose first go-round will be May 7, 9 a.m.-noon. 

Look for more Dish on Dining next week!

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urban gardener Posted: 4/7/2011 8:48:38 PM
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Chez Jacques DIDN'T close. It was called Jacques French Cafe, I believe, at the old location. We go to Chez Jacques about once per month. Great food, no attitude.
joekmoch Posted: 4/7/2011 8:08:18 PM
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When did Chez Jacques close? I had several nice meals there in the past couple of years (maybe that's why they closed - lots of us didn't go there enough).
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