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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.

Re-named, re-located restaurant offers pho, stir fry, sandwiches

Re-named, re-located restaurant offers pho, stir fry, sandwiches

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Viet Bistro 

Kim’s Noodle in Monona was reborn as Viet Bistro in downtown Madison, in the space once home to a Blockbuster. You’re going to find the same menu (it says “Kim’s Noodle” on it) and essentially the same interior, which is why I’m surprised to hear people say the new version is worse than the former (folks, it’s the same restaurant!).

I ordered a cross section of items that represent the various components of the huge menu.

Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Reviewer: Burrito restaurant's carne asada 'well-seasoned, tender'

Reviewer: Burrito restaurant's carne asada 'well-seasoned, tender'
EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Get Some Burritos There’s yet another place on campus to get your burrito fix, and that’s Get Some Burritos, located near the Plaza where Mad Dog’s used to be. I was invited to check out the place. Nick Baertschy, formerly of 8 Seasons Grille and Aura in Cambridge, Wis., said he was approached by some people in California to run the operation and bring SoCal cuisine to Madison. The restaurant's goal is to have locations at all Big Ten campuses, with Ann Arbor slated to open in early 2014. Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

New steakhouse on the Square, Prime 14, looking to open May 2015

New steakhouse on the Square, Prime 14, looking to open May 2015

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. 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 entrées, plus an extensive wine list. Prime 14 will inhabit the space of the now-closed Mirch Masala, Tabby and Jack's Pet Emporium and the old Amcore Bank. It will seat 190 people.

Barbecue restaurant offers 'tender, delicate, smoky' meats

Barbecue restaurant offers 'tender, delicate, smoky' meats

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews That BBQ Joint   

It's easy to drive past That BBQ Joint, which opened on a nondescript corner of Willy Street and Cantwell Court with the name only appearing on the door. But, if my meal was any indication, it’s certainly worth looking for. Let’s get right to it and talk about the ribs (the 1/2 slab entree is $13.95). The tender meat came off easily from the bone and had a delicate, smoky flavor. I enjoyed the ribs so much that I didn’t need to use any of the sauces, which come on the side. Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com.