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Filling In
Growlers, Indonesian scallop curry. Is this new Riverwest joint really the old Albanese's?

                                  Indonesian scallop curry from The Riverwest Filling Station.

Growling Stomach 
The address 701 E Keefe Ave. hasn’t looked this good, well, maybe ever. In its new embodiment at The Riverwest Filling Station, the former Albanese’s – which brought charm to egg noodle lasagna and red-and-white checkered tablecloths – underwent more than a nice facelift. The renovation uncovered maple floors and a tin ceiling. Flux Design has left some obvious marks using its graceful, sculptural work with metal. It’s that the Filling Station has the ability to sell growlers – reusable 64-ounce bottles filled with tap beer – for home consumption that’s getting the most attention. But there’s more to the filling station – a full menu. It’s not a straight-up bar menu, either. Options range from fried tofu with hoisin sauce and steamed broccoli to an open-faced blackened catfish sandwich, Kari’s vegetarian Sloppy Joe to Indonesian scallop curry with udon noodles ($7-$18). One of the burgers is called The Meatwad – an 8-ounce beef patty topped with shaved NY strip, mushrooms, onions, fontina and “tiger” sauce ($12). There's also a fish special on Fridays and a nightly special. Tues-Thurs 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri: 5-10:30 p.m.; Sat11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun: 5-9:30 p.m. Also late-night Happy Hour: 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Tues-Thurs and Fri-Sun 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (414-906-9000)

Umami Makeover
It's not a good time to have Umami Moto on your mind. As in, chef Justin Carlisle’s pho – or his beautiful brandade or trio of veal. The Asian fusion restaurant (718 N. Milwaukee St.) is closed for renovation until March 13. Not only will there be changes to the interior, the menu is getting revamped, too. I don’t know if I like it. Plates like the brandade are going away to make room for menu items that seemed to have gone to the great beyond. People jones-ing for more sushi will get their wish. More concrete details when I can muscle them out of Carlisle.

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