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Construction to move food carts off State St. nearly 6 months

Construction to move food carts off State St. nearly 6 months

On the first official day of food cart season, the university said a nearly six-month construction project will relocate about 20 food cart vendors between May 19 and Oct. 31.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison said Tuesday that the new locations are still being finalized, but many will be in the East Campus Mall area near the University Club and several on North Lake Street between State Street and Langdon on the Memorial Library side.

Construction is scheduled to begin after the semester ends and is planned to conclude before the beginning of the fall semester, according to the university.

The newly constructed State Street Mall is expected to include new paving, lighting, seating areas and a raised pedestrian crosswalk at North Park Street.

The UW said Madison has had food carts since 1977. In 1990, there were 20 food carts downtown. Now the vendors are spread out in numerous locations.

Brasserie V Offers a Taste of Belgium

Brasserie V Offers a Taste of Belgium

By Michelle Li

The love of good food and drink didn't exactly come naturally to the man behind Brasserie V.

"I wasn't a great eater," jokes Matt Van Nest, owner of the Monroe Street restaurant. "I was kind of old-school meat and potatoes."

His palate, however, got a significant upgrade when he met his wife, Andrea. She drew on her experiences of living in France and introduced Matt to quality food. Soon they found themselves inviting friends over for hearty feasts and Belgian beer.

"We were always the entertainers of our group," says Van Nest. "And we both still love it to this day."

Dobra's closure points to changes in Madison's tea, State St. business culture

Dobra's closure points to changes in Madison's tea, State St. business culture

On Dobra Tea’s last day in business, owner Adam Ernst invited the community to come visit the State Street shop to drink tea and shatter teapots from around the world.

The gesture offered him an opportunity to share some of the philosophies surrounding tea culture and to gain a sense of closure as the tea shop closed its doors Feb. 9 after five years in downtown Madison.

“Tea in general encourages us to embrace the imperfection in life, the impermanence in life, and thus smashing teaware is a kind of symbol to communicate to people,” Ernst said. “We need that sort of catalytic breaking, smashing and severing of all contacts in order to see and reunite them. Simply as a symbol of impermanence it seemed very effective.”

As a teenager, Ernst, a Madison native, discovered a passion for tea far from Wisconsin during a visit to the East Coast.

Reviewer: Brunch restaurant's fare on 'cusp of being great'

Reviewer: Brunch restaurant's fare on 'cusp of being great'
EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Bassett Street Brunch Club   There are so many interesting things about Food Fight’s Bassett Street Brunch Club. First, the name: Brunch Club? Also the fact that it’s located inside the new Hampton Inn & Suites, since we have so few restaurants in hotels in Madison. I liked the concept and feel a lot. The food could use some work. Read about the tempura fish tostadas; fried chicken and donuts; shrimp and grits; Brunch Club Bloody; mimosas and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

52-year-old UW bar gets 4-month makeover

52-year-old UW bar gets 4-month makeover

After four months of restoration, a bar inside the Memorial Union will reopen Monday. 

Der Stiftskeller, originally opened in 1962, has had its murals restored, pool tables moved in and the serving bar reborn out of a Terrace tree, those managing the the University of Wisconsin-Madison project said Wednesday at a sneak preview of the restaurant. 

In addition to its interior upgrades, the Stiftskeller will add a second window serving the Terrace. 

Murals first painted in 1978 were restored, recreated, or in the case of the "Battle of Beer and Wine" painting, relocated from the west wall to the south wall, the UW-Madison said. 

The renovations are part of phase one of the university's Memorial Union Reinvestment project, which kicked off in the summer of 2012.

Der Stiftskeller shares the bar with neighbor pub Der Rathskeller.

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

New steakhouse to open on the Square next year

New steakhouse to open on the Square next year

Come spring, a new steakhouse called Prime 14 will be open on the Capitol Square.

The restaurant, to be located at 14 W. Mifflin St., will be the fourth establishment operated by the Noble Chef Hospitality group, which also owns Capital Tap Haus, Buck & Badger Northwoods Lodge and the Ivory Room Piano Bar.

"I've always wanted to do high-end dining, and I've always had a big passion for steakhouses,” said Jack Sosnowski, president of the Noble Chef group.

Prime 14 will inhabit the space of the now-closed Mirch Masala, Tabby and Jack's Pet Emporium and the old Amcore Bank and will seat 190 people. Construction has begun, and Sosnowski plans to open in May.

Prime 14 will embody a 1920s vibe; "a classic steakhouse," Sosnowski said. The menu will also feature seafood and vegetarian entrees, plus an extensive wine list.