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Highlands Cafe looks to expand building, menu

June 14, 2011 12:28 p.m. | The owner of a Washington Highlands restaurant is looking to grow the eatery's space and menu.

Business owners Sandy Murphy and Brett Swider plan to expand Highlands Café into the adjoining vacant storefront at 60th and Vliet streets, which would increase space for eight to seating for 52 indoors, plus outdoor seating for 20 in front of the restaurant.

A couple of neighbors worried about the lack of parking, which Community Development Director Nancy Welch said falls below city standards. However, many of the customers walk from the Highlands, so some concessions can be made, she said.

Plan Commission members agreed Monday. The request next goes to the Community Development Committee for consideration on June 28.

Commissioner Jody Lowe lives near the café and said additional street parking can be found if people are willing to walk a bit farther. She pointed to Highlands Café, as well as Cold Spoons Gelato and Meritage restaurants, as getting this area on the city's eastern border some attention for its dining options, and said the benefits to the community outweigh the growing pains.

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Vape Haven rejected by Common Council

Sept. 16, 2014 10:05 p.m. | The Common Council tonight denied Vape Haven's request to open an e-cigarette shop on North Avenue in East Tosa, affirming the same decision previously made by the Plan Commission.

Alderman Joel Tilleson said he didn't think there was enough information available about the health impacts of e-cigarettes, making it difficult for the city to safely regulate.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warns that there is "no way of knowing" if certain e-cigarettes are safe, what chemicals they contain or how much nicotine they have because of the lack of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration.

The owner of Vape Haven, Cuong Tran, was not at the Common Council meeting, although he previously said he was going to continue trying to get permission to open his store. He already has one location in Greenfield.

Consideration overdue: Thievery marring Little Free Libraries

Sept. 16, 2014 5:32 p.m. | Not everyone has been playing fair at the Little Free Libraries.

It's supposed to be take a book, leave a book. Don't take all the books.

"Last week, they cleaned me out twice," said Bess Crowley, whose front-yard book exchange was the first in Wauwatosa.

The box was emptied by some selfish person or persons six times over the past couple months. Bess put a note on the door explaining the honor system concept of the little library.

"They took the note and all the books that were there," she said.

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Thai-namite plans fall through in East Tosa

Sept. 15, 2014 2:15 p.m. | After failing to agree on a lease with an East Tosa landlord, owners of Milwaukee's Thai-namite restaurant dropped plans last month to open a new location at 7212 W. North Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Fattoni's Deli & Catering.

Thai-namite owners Kim Kongsin and Nini Buranabunyut said they still want to open another location, and they are looking exclusively in Wauwatosa for a space.

"We really want to be in Wauwatosa," Buranabunyut said.

The owner of the original space on North Avenue, Pete Venturi, said he had hoped Thai-namite would open more quickly and thought it had been delayed by opening another location in the Milwaukee Public Market. He said he's hoping to find another tenant to move in soon.

"It's been a long time without rent," Venturi said.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Chili'n on the Ave. is Saturday

Sept. 12, 2014 1:20 p.m. | Chili'n on the Ave. is back for its fifth year on North Avenue in East Tosa Saturday, Sept. 13.

In addition to a chili cook-off, there will be a Bloody Mary competition, yoga session, live music and a marketplace with about 30 vendors.

More information is at EastTosa.org and the event's Facebook page.

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse opens tomorrow at Mayfair Collection

Sept. 09, 2014 4:34 p.m. | DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse opens tomorrow at Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St., just doors away from other major retailers like Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.

DSW moved from its former location at 2265 N. Mayfair Road to open at Mayfair Collection. It closed its former location at the end of August.

DSW joins other recently announced tenants of Mayfair Collection including T.J. Maxx, which is slated to open in November and the state's first Corner Bakery cafe. It is expected to open by the holidays.

TosaFest fight had no arrests or reported injuries, police say

Sept. 09, 2014 12:33 p.m. | Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Paul Leist said no one was arrested and no injuries were reported as a result of a fight that broke out at TosaFest around 9 p.m. Saturday.

TosaFest organizer Ann Raisler said families watching an outdoor movie, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," had noticed a group of teenagers becoming increasingly disruptive toward the edge of the festival, near Baskin Robbins.

"They were being loud and obnoxious during that move, and eventually it turned into something messier," Raisler said.

Leist said there were about 200 kids in the area, and officers staffing the event were keeping an eye on them when they started pushing and shoving each other. He said he wasn't sure how the conflict started, but it attracted a crowd.

"At some point, the kids ran toward the area thinking there was a fight," he said. "It came to a point where it was like, in the name of safety, we should shut this section down."

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E-Cigarette store Vape Haven rejected by Tosa Plan Commission

Sept. 08, 2014 8:16 p.m. | After hearing from several concerned neighbors tonight at City Hall, the Wauwatosa Plan Commission rejected Vape Haven's proposal to open an e-cigarette store on North Avenue in East Tosa.

"I agree this is not in the spirit of the East Tosa plan, and the types of businesses that are desired in this area," said Mayor Kathy Ehley, who chairs the commission.

Vape Haven's conditional-use request will likely go to the Common Council Sept. 16, with a recommendation from the Plan Commission against it.

After facing a barrage of concerns from residents about the store's potential impact on public health and influence on children, Vape Haven owner Cuong Tran said he was not deterred. He planned to attend the Common Council meeting and hoped for a different decision.

"That spot's going to be mine," Tran said, noting that his brother owns the proposed space at 7028 W. North Ave. "I can wait."

10 Days in Tosa starts today

Sept. 08, 2014 10:17 a.m. | Featuring deals at 31 participating restaurants, the fourth annual 10 Days in Tosa starts today and runs through Sept. 17.

Restaurants in and near Wauwatosa will be offering discounts on their popular menu items, serving dishes and drinks for $5, $10 and $20.

The lineup includes higher end restaurants like Ristorante Bartolotta, Meritage, and Eddie Martini's serving $20 three-course meals (usually $28-30).

Others offer lower prices. For $5 each, you can get breakfast at Cafe Hollander, lunch at Hector's Mexican Restaurant, and dinner at HoneyBaked Ham.

New locations this year include Gigi's Cupcakes and Nourri, while longtime locales like Saz's and Leff's Lucky Town are also represented.

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'Chaotic' scene at TosaFest limited to one area, mayor says

Sept. 07, 2014 4:09 p.m. | Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley said Sunday she's disappointed a fight among teenagers at TosaFest forced organizers to shut down an outdoor children's movie that was part of the event.

Ehley also said the chaos in one part of the festival grounds was not noticed by most TosaFest attendees. Music was scheduled on two separate stages at other corners of the festival during and after the fight.

"It's just really a shame when some people misbehave and it spoils it for some others," she said.

On Saturday, a festival volunteer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hundreds of young people were milling around the village near where the movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" was being played when the fight broke out about 9 p.m.

The mayor said she was in the police command center Saturday when officers called for help in dealing with a large crowd in an area where teenagers and young adults usually gather during the festival. She was told that several people ran toward the fight and later ran away from the area. Officers halted the fight and shut down the movie as a way of dispersing that part of the crowd, she said.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Unruly teens disrupt Tosa Fest

Sept. 06, 2014 11:09 p.m. | UPDATE: 'Chaotic' scene at TosaFest limited to one area, mayor says

People who attended Tosa Fest Saturday said police had to clear out several hundred young people after a fight broke out and some commotion ensued.

They said the Wauwatosa festival itself was not shut down.

A volunteer who was at the festival said, "There were hundreds of young people between the ages of 10 and 20 milling around the village where the movie 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' was being shown. At about 9 p.m., a fight broke out and created a situation in which there was running and screaming by the youth who were then dispersed by police."

The volunteer said he didn't see any arrests.

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See inside Wisconsin International Academy Saturday

Sept. 05, 2014 1:16 p.m. | Wisconsin International Academy, a residential program for high school students from China, opened this summer in Wauwatosa at the former Days Inn, 11811 W. Bluemound Road.

The academy will open its doors to the public for an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. There will be light refreshments and a tour of the facility at 5 p.m.

The converted hotel now hosts 145 students in single and double dorm rooms. The old pool was filled in to make a gym, ballrooms serve as study areas and a banquet hall has become a game room.

The academy previously operated in Glendale, but had to look for a new home after the city rejected its proposal to repurpose the Hilton Hotel on Port Washington Road.

See next week's Wauwatosa NOW for a full story on the academy.

Athleta coming to Mayfair

Sept. 02, 2014 10:20 a.m. | Athleta, a performance apparel store for women, plans to open at Mayfair Mall later this year, the mall announced today.

The store, which will be Athleta's third in the state, will be on the lower level of the mall near the new corridor to Nordstrom.

"This has been a year full of growth and exciting changes at Mayfair," Stephen Smith, general manager of the mall, said in a press release. "Our redevelopment expansion is successfully progressing and we continue to add retailers that provide an extraordinary retail experience for our customers."

Athleta offers clothing tailored specifically for a variety of sports from yoga to cycling, as well as general activewear, dresses and accessories.

Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 2.

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