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Different Spokes Know where I’ll be Saturday night? Barring last-minute conflicts, at the Downer Avenue Bike Race, part of the annual International Cycling Classic. The eighth-of-a-mile route is an angled loop – Downer north to Park Place, east to Lake Drive, south on Lake to Bradford, then west on Bradford till it meets Downer again. […]

Different Spokes

Know where I’ll be Saturday night? Barring
last-minute conflicts, at the Downer Avenue Bike Race, part of the annual
International Cycling Classic. The eighth-of-a-mile route is an angled loop –
Downer north to Park Place, east to Lake Drive, south on Lake to Bradford, then
west on Bradford till it meets Downer again. If you’ve never been to this race,
expect to see throngs of people with picnic baskets and lawn chairs camped out
everywhere along the route. A good spot, if you can get there early enough – the
race starts at 5:45 p.m. – is the quasi-park on Bradford and Downer. Sendik’s
on Downer
can supply the provisions for your basket. And vendors will be
selling food near the starting line on Downer. The competition ends around dusk,
but the event keeps going. Live entertainment runs until midnight. Race: July
22, 5:45 p.m. Kid’s bike race at 5 p.m.

Sacred Corner

With Downer Avenue businesses Gil’s Cafe
(2608 N.) and Einstein’s Bros. Bagels (2567 N.) both closed, some are
wondering what’s going to happen to Lixx on the corner of Downer and
Belleview. A spokesperson for owner Katz Properties says there are no plans to
close the popular frozen custard shop, but the business is for sale.

Dairy Day

The Brady Street Artisan Food Festival (Sunday,
July 30) promises 1,000 pounds of award-winning cheese for sale. The cheese,
from makers across the country, will come from the American Cheese Society
Conference held in Portland, Oregon. Aside from cheese, the festival is going to
have local and regional farm-raised food for sale. Artists and jewelry makers
will set up shop, too. Live bands will perform on and off the whole day,
starting with Kill Courtney at 12 p.m. and ending with Plasticland at 9 p.m. The
Astor Theater (inside the Brady Street Pharmacy) is supposed to host the
Milwaukee premiere of Living on the Wedge, a documentary about Wisconsin
artisan cheese makers. The plan is to show the film a bunch of times during the
day. And I don’t know where it’s going to go, but if you’re into rides, I hear
there’s going to be a vintage Ferris wheel. Location: Brady Street, from Farwell
to Marshall. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Tiki Time

Sitting tableside on Pewaukee Lake, you might think
you’re on one of the Hawaiian islands. Get a table on Kahunas’ tiki
patio, go crazy on mai tais and you’ll think you’re detective Steve McGarrett
from “Hawaii Five-0.” Kahunas has been open for Rum Runners and coconut shrimp
since last summer. Its 40-seat lakeside patio, however, is just a month old.
Like the restaurant, the patio has a beach theme – palm trees, bamboo water
fountain, a display tiki bar and a surfer dude. Right, there might be a surfer
dude dining back there, but what I’m referring to is the mural of a surfer and a
tropical beachside scene. Now, the restaurant doesn’t accept reservations for
the patio. Keep that in mind if it’s 7:00 on a beautiful Saturday night and
you’re looking for someplace in Pewaukee to eat outside. Yup, get there early.
Menu items, if you’re curious, include chicken satay, “crabby” patties, Big
Kahuna burger, tortilla-crusted tilapia, fish tacos, luau barbecued ribs, Asian
stir-fry and jerk chicken kabobs, $5.99-$21.99. W279 N2221 Prospect Ave.,
Pewaukee, 262-695-8303.

Fair Air

The smoke is gone from Ardor Pub & Grill – it
has been for three years now (607 N. Broadway, 224-1476). Once the home of John
Hawks Pub, this handsome old subterranean bar was saturated in cigarette smoke
for eons. Anyway, it’s a decent place to go for lunch, say if you’ve got a
friend who wants a falafel sandwich and another who wants a blue cheese burger.
Or one wants hummus and the other Buffalo wings. That’s usually tough to find at
a bar. I recently found some interesting nightly specials here, too. On
“Frydays,” as they’re called, a complimentary buffet rolls out between 5 and 7
p.m. Make sure you order a drink first. And Saturdays sound cool for parents of
small children – kids 5 and under eat free. There’s a minimum $20 purchase
requirement, but I imagine a lot of folks could easily meet that on the bar tab
alone.

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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 July 28.
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
Weekend
.

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