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A former Oakland Avenue institution has been transformed into an attractive watering hole serving "homemade food."

Cloud Red – better known as the old Shorewood Village Pub (4488 N. Oakland Ave.) – installed its sign last week, served its first drinks to friends and family last night, and opens officially Wednesday, May 25. Cloud Red, co-owned by Rebecca Goldberger (once part of the ownership team at the former Roots Restaurant) is a bar that also serves snacks.

The menu lists fresh spring rolls (chicken or tofu), a tempeh Reuben, Vietnamese po’ boy (chicken or tofu) and a half-pound burger made from Manitowoc-based Ney’s Big Sky farm-raised beef ($3-$12).  The 16-tap beer lineup features quite a few Wisconsin names, including Lakefront, Brenner, Black Husky, New Glarus and O’so. The bar’s name alludes to the term for a gathering of blackbirds (which also refers to the former Shorewood pub’s status as a gathering spot for locals). Hours: Tues-Fri 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

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