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Many-pronged Approach Say you’re on your way to work and need a cappuccino and a muffin, the “perk” side of Elm Grove Perk & Pub goes into motion. Or imagine the sun’s going down and you’re pouring out your needs to a bartender. The pub has its reason to be. One other function is not […]

Many-pronged Approach

Say you’re on your way to work and need a
cappuccino and a muffin, the “perk” side of Elm Grove Perk & Pub goes
into motion. Or imagine the sun’s going down and you’re pouring out your needs
to a bartender. The pub has its reason to be. One other function is not
suggested in the name: restaurant. The business also serves soups, pizzas,
salads and warm and cold sandwiches. Perk & Pub (12862 W. Blue Mound Rd.,
262-641-0601) is open a lot – from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday to Thursdays, 12
a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Co-owner Julie Guenette and a crew of part-timers
do the cooking. Wine, beer and mixed drinks are available from the bar. Seating
is at various two- and four-top tables and at the bar. Guenette also has an area
where kids can do puzzles, color or watch a DVD. Other assets: wireless internet
access and the place is smoke free. Prices? A sandwich or pizza with glass of
wine or cocktail: roughly $15.

Velvet Past

The Velvet Room (730 N. Old World Third St.)
went on the bar/restaurant casualty list a few months ago. By this weekend,
Martini Mike’s lounge, bar and restaurant (727-0808) should be open in
the former Velvet space – for a few days, at least, then closed for another few
days for the Fourth of July holiday. The “new” place is run by the same owners,
John Schweitzer and Mike Kozak, as The Velvet Room. “Fresh, bright, more modern”
is what I’m hearing about the interior. Also promised: plasma-screen TVs,
billiard tables and “cozy” ottomans. I know a little about the MM menu –
appetizers, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

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Big Easy Summer

Roux Brothers’ John Smurawa is days away
from the big roll-out (1808 E. Capitol Dr., 906-0877). His summer menu should
make its first appearance next week. It features Caribbean pineapple shrimp
(joining staples chicken andouille and bayou, which has shrimp, catfish,
crawfish and gater sausage) and a whole lotta summer sandwiches. Some have been
on the Roux menu before, but not all. Highlights: pork rib in peach Vidalia
barbecue sauce on a toasted bun, cornmeal-breaded and fried Oysters Orlando and
a quarter-pound gator (yep, as in “alligator”) burger. Desserts are always easy
to come by. Chocolate bread pudding is not for people following the Weight
Watchers point system. Neither are these: almond-filled croissants and mini
pecan and sweet potato pies with Chantilly cream. And beignets – deep-fried
pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar – still rule on weekend mornings.

Village Appetite

Shorewood is celebrating itself on July 15. “Savor Shorewood” is a seven-hour event of food and socializing in the main
business sector of the village – 3500 to 4600 N. Oakland Ave. and 1100 to 2600
E. Capitol Dr. The restaurants and businesses there – North Star American
Bistro
and Harry’s Bar & Grill, for example – will have special
menus, wine tastings and food samplings. Drop in Anaba Tea Room (2107 E.
Capitol Dr.) for samples of tea and mini scones. Oakland Wine Bar &
Tapas
(4011 N. Oakland Ave.) will offer tastes of a Cuban pasty. Even
Wick’s Beer & Liquor (4496 N. Oakland Ave.) has a hook – samples of
Leinie’s new Sunset Wheat beer. A sidewalk artist by the name of Kitty Dyble
Thompson will decorate the streets and sidewalks with food-themed images. Events
run mainly from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., but there’s more: At dusk, bring your blankets
and fold-up chairs to a free showing of Ice Age on the Shorewood High School
lawn (intersection of Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive).

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Can’t get
enough dining? I chat about restaurants every Friday with Jane Matenaer and Kidd
O’Shea on “The Mix.” Listen between 8 and 9 a.m. on June 30. That’s 99.1
WMYX-FM.

And check out our calendar editor Julie Sensat Waldren’s picks for the best
events in arts and entertainment on This
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