A month shy of its 11th anniversary, Red Dot Bar (2498 N. Bartlett Ave.) has closed. Owner Martin Beaudoin confirms that both the business and building in which it resides are for sale. A sign posted recently on the door communicated that the bar was taking a two-week “vacation.” However, Beaudoin says he’s decided to “consolidate” and concentrate his efforts on Red Dot Tosa (6715 W. North Ave.), which he opened three years ago in the old Shepherd’s. With a stage and sound system at the West Side business, he plans to start offering open-mic night and live music. The East Side spot was known for poutine, Friday fish fry and Sunday brunch. Here is my July 2013 review of the Tosa restaurant, which Beaudoin initially named The Sherbrooke.
Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.