The bitter sting of restaurants closing. First up is the Third Ward’s Soups On! (221 N. Water St.), which ended its nine-year run a few days ago. Owner Mary Krimmer, who began alerting her lunch crowd weeks ago of her plans to retire, told me she and husband Doug are “going to take some time to regroup.” Might Soups On! return in some capacity? You never know.… Our second casualty is Jalapeno Loco’s Mequon location (at 10401 N. Cedarburg Rd.). If you are craving the restaurant’s mole verde or tamales Oaxaqueno, you’ll have to get down to the flagship Jalapeno Loco on Howell Avenue (5067 S.). The Mequon space is better known as the old Alpine Village restaurant.
There Will Be Two
Coffeehouse owner Steve Goretzko appears delighted by the prospect of offering the Rock of Gibraltor a league or so from his Bay View Sven’s Cafe (2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.). Yes, Goretzko is preparing to open another Sven’s in the old Steamer’s cafe (624 N. Water St.). And yes, it will have “the same warm space [decor, he means] and menu” as the BV location, Goretzko says. The Rock of Gibraltor, by the way, is a tuna sandwich on sourdough. Besides a menagerie of coffee drinks, Sven’s offers soups, sandwiches (some specifically for breakfast), quiche and various baked goods. If Goretzko can swing it, the new Sven’s will be open March 1, 2012.
Once the holidays are over, you might start to feel The Funk. You know, the endless gray days, the need for long underwear, the possibility of losing a glove. (I hate that. I always lose a glove in winter.) Do people forget about frozen custard in the winter? They crave it. The same may or may not be said for frozen yogurt. But January is currently the roll-out month for the East Side’s Yo Factory Yogurt (2203 N. Farwell Ave.; across the street from Ma Fischer’s). Nothing like brain freeze on a brisk winter day. Will report more when there’s a definitive opening date.
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