After months of frankly depressing restaurant news, Milwaukee’s very own Odd Duck has brought a smile to our weary mugs. Not only did the Bay View restaurant set up a cute, socially distanced patio, but they dropped a cherry on top by giving it a name: Duck Crossing.
Sure, Odd Duck’s owner Melissa Buchholz considered other names for the new patio. She thought about Ugly Duckling, Silly Goose or Little Duck Lounge, but they weren’t quite right. She came up with the name Duck Crossing while hunting for road-style signs to hang on the fence of the patio.
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“It just seemed like a no-brainer,” she says.
Naturally, she bought two road signs. Both will be hanging at the new patio, where snack boards and drinks are available to order.
Like most restaurants, Odd Duck has seen a significant drop in sales since the start of the pandemic, despite community support.
“It has hit us very hard,” Buchholz said. “Even with all of our offerings and supplemental offerings at Little Duck Kitchen our sales have been down somewhere between 50-80% every single month since March. We will make it through – but please, order from your independent restaurants.”
Odd Duck’s dining room is currently closed in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus. In the meantime they have been offering a full carry out menu from Tuesdays to Saturdays, chef-curated market baskets and Waterbird Tasting at their patio for in-person outdoor dining.
The Duck Crossing patio opens Friday, Aug. 7, but if you want to waddle through, you’ll need a reservation, as there are only three tables. There is a $20 deposit to hold the table, which will be applied to your snack board (or boards).
Speaking of snack boards, there are two, mouth-watering options. The first is the Cheese & Charcuterie Board with two artisan cheeses, three meats, pickles, jam, mustard and herbed crostini crackers. The second is the Vegetable Board which currently includes house pickles, roasted olives, mixed nuts, a vegetable spread, pickled eggs and herbed crostini crackers. You can also order off the menu during carryout hours.
The patio will be open Tues.-Wed. from 4-9 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. from 4-11 p.m. For more information, go to Odd Duck’s website.