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Jolly Bob's to close after 22 years

Jolly Bob's to close after 22 years

After 22 years, the Williamson Street staple Jolly Bob?s is closing down.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported the owner has already stopped serving food and the bar will stop serving Saturday. Jolly Bob's will also host its last DJ dance party Saturday night.

The owner told the Wisconsin State Journal the restaurant business has taken a toll on him, so he's getting out, but he said he'd be willing to sell the business to an interested buyer.

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Ice cream eatery offers walk-up window

The most recent Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream eatery to open offers a walk-up window.

The company-owned location at 2302 Atwood Ave. on Madison's near east side is near the Capital City Bike Loop and offers 24 of Chocolate Shoppe's 110 flavors.

The Atwood shop opened in early May offering outdoor seats for treat-seekers, Vice President Dave Deadman said.

"This is our new location with a walk-up window," Deadman said. "It's fun to walk to the ice cream store, get an ice cream cone, sit on our back patio and just enjoy the day."

Deadman said each July the company releases a new customer-created flavor during National Ice Cream Month.

"We really try and focus on (how ice cream) should be fun, it should be a treat," Deadman said. "It should make you smile."

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.

Atwood Ave. chocolate shop a viewer favorite

Atwood Ave. chocolate shop a viewer favorite

Just in time for Valentine's Day, an east side Madison chocolate shop was the winner of a viewer contest for favorite area chocolatier. 

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, 2086 Atwood Ave., is run by its namesake, a former cartographer. 

Roots Chocolates, of Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo, came in second place in the News 3 Viewers Dish contest. 

Watch News 3 Reporter Mary Jo Ola chat with Ambrosius about her confection business: http://www.channel3000.com/entertainment/-/1628/24482880/-/12daokwz/-/index.html

 

'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).

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.