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Letters from Hillside Farm, the new young adult novel from Madison man of letters Jerry Apps, is intended to teach its impressionable readers the importance of a well-written letter. The tale, set during the Great Depression, unfolds in brisk letters penned by a boy for his grandmother. (MH)  Milwaukee art gallery proprietor Dean Jensen’s fourth novel, Queen of the Air, follows one of the biggest circus stars of the 20th Century, Lillian Leitzel, as she discovers a soul mate in Alfredo, a world-renowned trapeze artist. Jensen will be at Boswell Book Company June 13 for a reading. (CH) Esquire magazine…

Palomino Is Back in Action

  Palomino (2491 S. Superior St.) has been closed for what some may think is an interminably long period of time (since early April). And for what reason? To turn this 10-year-old Bay View watering hole/restaurant into something worthy of 2013. Actually, it was really just time for a facelift. Good news for people who miss the Pal. Your first official taste of the new space and menu is coming up soon – Tuesday, June 11, to be exact. The interior facelift includes adding a curved soffit above the bar and a communal dining table made of reclaimed wood, redoing…

Street Life

Keep up with the local food trucks and carts with our Twitter list. Ofelia’s Mexican food Cart @waterfrontdeli ➸ This pop of color, stationed weekdays at Water and Mason, doesn’t travel far. It’s run by the Milwaukee Waterfront Deli people just up the block on Water Street, kitty-corner from City Hall. Deli owner Jere Pandl was inspired by a vibrant food cart he and his wife saw on a trip years ago to Santa Fe, N.M. Here, Ofelia’s has become a Downtown summer staple, staking its ground Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., weather permitting. The menu is Mexican basic – tacos…

Morning Links for May 30 2013

Stories happening in the world that we think you should know about. That’s the one, the only Morning Links: A Fast Company writer claims clichés are good for productivity. In fact, there are even clichés to “live by.” Huh? OK, so a woman in Connecticut is arrested for prostitution after calling police on her pimp. This is not a punchline. And the state with the most bars per capita is… not Wisconsin. But our beloved state does makes an appearance on the list of this Eater.com story. JC Penney is doing damage control after receiving complaints that one of the retailer’s billboards in Culver City, Calif. is offensive. It features a teapot that some argue…

New Restaurant From Crazy Water Owner

                                                      Glasses photo via Shutterstock Crazy Water (839 S. Second St.) is a Walker’s Point anchor, a restaurant chef-owner Peggy Magister has run for 11 years. Now she’s ready to pull the trigger on restaurant No. 2. In late summer, Magister hopes to open AP Bar and Kitchen ( 814 S. Second St., last known as the Fifth Ward Pub & Grill). Magister will run the kitchen, while her nephew, Justin Anthony, runs the front of the house. (Anthony comes from a GM position at Locanda in San Francisco.) Back in 2002, Magister described the cuisine at Crazy Water as…

Sprecher Opening Restaurant at Bayshore

The Bayshore news keeps coming. After announcing the impending split of COA this summer and the arrival of 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill sometime this fall, the 45-acre shopping center is welcoming yet another eating emporium – Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub. The restaurant – owned by four Wisconsin natives – has three other locations in the state, but this will be the first in Milwaukee. (The restaurant is licensed to operate by Sprecher Brewing Company.) The Bayshore Town Center people target a fall opening but have not disclosed the location on the shopping center’s grounds. For that, they plan to…

Restaurant Debut at New Boutique Hotel

Tomorrow is D Day for Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub: Downtown, the source of sustenance at The Brewhouse Inn & Suites (otherwise known as the new boutique hotel on the old Pabst brewery grounds.) Following tonight’s soft opening, the bar/restaurant will open at 11 a.m. tomorrow (May 24). For the time being, Jackson’s will serve a limited menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas. Friday fish fry, as well. An early menu incarnation included oysters on the half-shell, a platter of local sausages and cheeses, deep-fried cheese curds, Cobb salad, specialty pizzas, Blue Ribbon burger, Cuban sandwich, etc. ($3.99-$16.99). Hours: serving food 11 a.m.-midnight.…

Green Roof

                                            Photo of CORE/El Centro’s rooftop garden You know what makes a 50-degree, drowned-rat kind of day better? Envisioning a sunny, 80-degree day at a rooftop farmers market. It just requires a bit of patience. This year, just such a market will be the Saturday attraction (June 1-Sept. 17) at 130 W. Bruce St. in Walker’s Point. Building tenant CORE/El Centro is expecting a motley group of vendors at the weekly event, which will include produce grown in the rooftop garden. CORE/El Centro — a bilingual national healing center — also intends to have vendors selling items such as cheese, eggs and poultry,…

Another 8-twelve

                                        Photo of 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill in Brookfield  As COA leaves behind massive space at Bayshore Town Center (click here), it begs the question, “What is moving in there?” The SURG Restaurant Group people just announced that they’re opening 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill in those very Bayshore digs. Opening may be later this year. Will offer more details when I have them. Do me a favor, will you? Follow me on Twitter: @ann_christenson If you spot a restaurant opening or closing, post it on the comments section of my column, or e-mail me directly: ann.christenson@milwaukeemag.com

COA Leaving Bayshore

COA, an occupant of Bayshore Town Center (5750 N. Port Washington Rd.) since 2009, is leaving the mall at the end of June, according to owner Marc Bianchini. The Mexican “street food” restaurant had taken over the 7,000-square-foot space occupied by Cameron’s Steakhouse. Bianchini closed his Italian place, Osteria del Mondo, in July 2011. He and his wife, Marta, also own Milwaukee Street’s Cubanitas. COA’s last day in business is June 30. Do me a favor, will you? Follow me on Twitter: @ann_christenson If you spot a restaurant opening or closing, post it on the comments section of my column, or e-mail me…