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National Spotlight Shines On Ian's Pizza Chain

National Spotlight Shines On Ian's Pizza Chain

Food Network Magazine’s editors set out six months ago to find the best pizzas in America and now, in the September issue, they will reveal the winners, which include a pie made by Ian's Pizza.

Owner Ian Gurfield opened a store in Madison at age 24 to serve innovative snacks to party-going college kids, and Food Network Magazine’s editors were won over by the Mac n’ Cheese: a medium-thin crust is topped with a layer of crème fraîche, shredded mozzarella and cooked macaroni, with a sprinkle of Wisconsin cheddar for a pie that is golden, bubbly and extra cheesy.

 

"I think a lot of people relate it to home-cooked mac' n cheese when they come to college," said Ian's General Manager Nick Stratman. "And they just find it really bizarre that it's on a pizza, and it kinda becomes their fix."

It's one of the 50 best pies in the country, according to the magazine.

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Red Sushi Grill

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Red Sushi Grill

I really like the sushi at Red Sushi Grill, but will the newly opened restaurant survive its location? For example, the food and atmosphere were great at Kushi Bar Muramoto, but it didn’t have an identity. The Haze, meanwhile, had some delicious items (e.g. the bahn mi), but lack of marketing and signage aided in its demise.
 
The setup in Red Sushi Grill is similar to those two previous incarnations–dark lighting, small tables, long bar/counter. Co-owner Jack Yip was making the sushi when I ate there, while the other owner, Tatsiana, greeted guests as they came in.

Read more at eatdrinkmadison.com.

Support The Humane Society with Dog Day Tuesdays at Great Dane

Support The Humane Society with Dog Day Tuesdays at Great Dane

15 Great Danes who were recently transferred to the Dane County Humane Society have found a benefactor in the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company. The brewpub has donated $1,500 to the care of the dogs, and is hosting dog day Tuesdays for the rest of June, with 20% of the proceeds at the Madison area locations on June 14th, 21st, and 28th going directly to the Dane County Humane Society. 

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company has 4 Madison area locations, at

  • Downtown - 123 East Doty Street
  • Fitchburg - 2980 Cahill Main
  • Hilldale - 357 Price Place
  • Eastside - 876 Jupiter Drive

2 Accused Of Paying With Phony $20s At State Street Brats

2 Accused Of Paying With Phony $20s At State Street Brats

A State Street Brats bartender flagged down a police officer early Sunday morning after a couple of patrons bought drinks with counterfeit $20 bills.

Chandler J. Herfel, 21, of DeForest, and Antonio A. Stowell, 21, of DeForest, were arrested on charges of fraud to a hotel or restaurant keeper.

Officers said they collected seven bogus $20 bills.

The bartender told police the men would pocket change after buying drinks, then use another phony $20 to pay for the next round.

Brocach Irish Pub To Add New Madison Location

Brocach Irish Pub To Add New Madison Location

A popular downtown restaurant will be adding a new location on Monroe Street near the Trader Joe's sometime late this fall.

The business partners who own the Brocach Irish Pub on the Capitol Square decided to add the new location when they noticed a for-rent sign in what is currently Spirals, a vintage furniture shop on the 1800 block of Monroe Street.

"We've seen the level of activity that goes on over there," McDonald said. "We weren't really thinking about doing something new, another Brocach, but this is such a fantastic location."

McDonald and his business partners are near west Madison residents themselves and are very excited to continue to grow their brand.

"This would be our third overall location. We've got a restaurant in Madison and Milwaukee and we also run a catering business primarily out of Milwaukee," said co-owner Cliff McDonald. "So this would be our third retail location."

Buffalo Wild Wings To Close State Street Restaurant, Open University Avenue Location

Buffalo Wild Wings To Close State Street Restaurant, Open University Avenue Location

On Dec. 3, 1993, the nation's tenth and Wisconsin’s first Buffalo Wild Wings opened its doors at 529 State Street. The Madison fixture will be closing its doors for good on May 21 to make way for a bigger location nearby at 789 University Avenue.

The restaurant will say thanks for 17 years with big parties and 1993 retro prices. On Tuesdays May 10 and May 17, wings will be just 25 cents, and during its last week, drink specials will rolled back to prices featured during happy hour in 1993.

The new restaurant is expected to opened in August.