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You’re not dreaming. It really is Monday – not Thursday, the day Dish is typically served. From now on, Dish on Dining will be posted twice a week – on Mondays and Thursdays. That should give you more to chew on, so to speak. Now without further ado… A New Twist The near-Oriental Theatre restaurant […]

Youre not dreaming. It really is Monday – not Thursday, the day Dish is typically served. From now on, Dish on Dining will be posted twice a week – on Mondays and Thursdays. That should give you more to chew on, so to speak. Now without further ado…

A New Twist
The near-Oriental Theatre restaurant Twisted Fork (2238 N. Farwell Ave.) is no more. For seven years, it occupied the old Oriental Pharmacy space. Hard to believe it’s been seven years. Parent company Roaring Fork Restaurant Group officially pulled the plug yesterday (Sept. 12). It’ll take about three weeks, the company estimates, for the space to reopen as Replay Sports Bar, which Roaring Fork will also operate. Marketing director Abby Lutgen says the group conducted focus groups to ascertain what the area was missing. “It made sense to us,” Lutgen explains of the conversion to a sports bar, “Milwaukee being a hub of sports teams and fans.” The renovation will include adding 31 flat-screen TVs and a “comfortable” viewing area, and converting the liquor bar to a wraparound bar (facing the dining room). Much of the food menu will be new, with the exception of the baked Brie and the hummus plate – popular items from the Twisted Fork menu. Replay will add to that by serving pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers like quesadillas and chicken wings. The reopening date is October 8.

A Thief in Shorewood
According to the latest update from Thief Wine Shop & Bar (which makes its home at the Milwaukee Public Market), the Shorewood location is scheduled to open in mid- to late October. This sibling location – in the Cornerstone Building (corner of Oakland and Kensington) – will have all sorts of bells and whistles. Co-owner Phil Bilodeau says the bar will be open later than the Third Ward location. Still waiting to hear the exact hours, but he’s talking as late as midnight on the weekends. Thief will also serve a special food menu created by North Star American Bistro (which is also moving to the Cornerstone). This would include cheese and charcuterie plates, spreads and a few appetizers – the sorts of things that complement vino.

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Mac Attack
This requires some early-bird scheduling on your part, but it might be worth it. Triskele’s Restaurant (1801 S. Third St., Walker’s Point, 414-837-5950) is giving you two hours to get two good deals. On Sept. 15 – this Wednesday –  Triskele’s famed mac and cheese can ben had for a mere $5, but that’s only from 5 to 7 p.m. And all beers by Milwaukee Brewing – including Louie’s Demise and Flaming Damsel Real Blonde – will go for 2 bucks each. There’s a raffle, too, but you need to buy a beer to win – a Triskele’s gift certificate or a tour of Milwaukee Brewing Brewery (quite a tongue-twister). Again, you’ve got a two-hour window for this deal.

 

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If you spot any restaurant openings or closings, don’t hesitate to post them on my column, or e-mail me directly: ann.christenson@milwaukeemagazine.com.

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