Closing Time

Quiet Accordion On this frigid February day, I must report that our city is down one restaurant. Russ Davis, whose businesses range from Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden to Rio West Cantina, has pulled the plug on The Red Accordion Pub & Eatery (1137 N. Old World Third St.). The Accordion, which specialized in small plates, replaced his long-running Cafe Vecchio Mondo. Davis says the construction at the neighboring Moderne high-rise development was the major contributing factor for closing the restaurant. Davis’ other venture is Hubbard Park Lodge (3565 N. Morris Blvd.), open to the public for Friday night fish fries…

Quiet Accordion
On this frigid February day, I must report that our city is down one restaurant. Russ Davis, whose businesses range from Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden to Rio West Cantina, has pulled the plug on The Red Accordion Pub & Eatery (1137 N. Old World Third St.). The Accordion, which specialized in small plates, replaced his long-running Cafe Vecchio Mondo. Davis says the construction at the neighboring Moderne high-rise development was the major contributing factor for closing the restaurant. Davis’ other venture is Hubbard Park Lodge (3565 N. Morris Blvd.), open to the public for Friday night fish fries (cod, perch, shrimp and tilapia) and Sunday lumberjack brunch. Before Davis took over operations there, Hubbard Park was known for a massive buffet-style brunch. The lodge still offers a more elegant affair on holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day. The weekly lumberjack brunch is conducive to families, offering an omelet station and all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, smoked bacon, hash-brown casserole, fresh doughnuts and more (adults $11.95; kids 12 and under $4.95).

People Place
A fire last Tuesday (Feb. 8) put Waukesha’s People’s Park (337 W. Main St.) out of commission, at least temporarily. Fortunately, there were no injuries. The fire reportedly damaged the bar area. Hung on the wall behind the bar at this small corner operation was an unusual pop culture collage of figurines. I’ve never seen anything like it. I sure hope that piece of art survived. People’s Park is sibling to the Downtown Milwaukee bar Taylor’s (795 N. Jefferson St.). 

Florida, Wisconsin
Speaking of downtown Waukesha (see People’s Park above), the rays of Florida sun, so welcome here right now, are shining over Riverfront Plaza. The 3-week-old Key Westconsin (yes, Westconsin) is serving scallop BLTs, lobster roll sliders, seafood casserole and the obligatory key lime pie. The atmosphere is white tablecloth casual, with a Florida tiki theme. Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (331 Riverfront Plaza, Waukesha, 262-446-2346)

Prime Time
February 28th means a lot of things – the last day of the month, a few weeks closer to spring. The February ending is also a beginning, the day Ward’s House of Prime starts serving weekday lunch. The menu will feature salads (such as a Cobb), flatbread pizzas, sandwiches (corned beef) and entrées including prime rib, a half-rack of ribs, and butternut squash ravioli. Lunch service will take place both in the lounge and dining room – so the experience can be on the casual side, or more of a business lunch. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (540 E. Mason St., 414-223-0135)

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.