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A People Place
A Waukesha rebuilds after a fire, and Bolzano's beer/salami soiree.
People Power
A bigger and better People’s Park? Last winter, an electrical fire shuttered this Waukesha bar-restaurant, but it’s not gone for good. When People’s Park officially returns – around Thanksgiving, projects owner Dan Taylor – it will have a second-floor dining room and bar (as well as the ground-floor dining room and bar). And by next summer, Taylor hopes to open a rooftop patio. One of the coolest things about the interior at People’s Park (the sibling to the Downtown Milwaukee bar, Taylor's) was a massive sculpture of vintage figurines and found objects. Most of the sculpture was destroyed, but Taylor is rebuilding it. And when the Park returns, so will that unusual, eye-catching piece of art. More updates to come. (337 W. Main St., Waukesha)

Cold Cuts
 
Salami from Bolzano Artisan Meats.

What happened when Riverwest’s Bolzano Artisan Meats hooked up with Walker's Point's Milwaukee Brewing Company? The staff from each spent long, arduous hours tasting beer and salami. Eating, drink and evaluating until they determined the best beer-charcuterie pairings. Sounds rough. I’m not telling you this to make you feel bad. Bolzano and Milwaukee Brewing are teaming up for a two-hour tasting night, open to the public. It will be held at Milwaukee Brewing Company (613 S. Second St.). Date: Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. How can you get your tickets quickly? Click here.

Lunch in 45
The last week in September is more than, well, the last week in September. Monday, the 26th, was the rollout date for the new fall lunch plates menu at The Capital Grille (310 W. Wisconsin Ave., 414-223-0600). The succinct little menu offers two courses – a soup or salad and sandwich (along with a side). Options could come as follows – porcini bisque, followed by two mini tenderloin sandwiches with truffle fries. Or, a field green salad, then a "knife and fork" BLT with roasted butternut squash and cranberry chutney. That’s perhaps a strange combination, but you get the idea. It’s mix and match. The combos run $15 each. If time is not on your side, this menu, I’m told, should enable you to get in and out in about 45 minutes. Lunch hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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