Madison, WI Food & Drinks

5 Cocktail Spots to Try in Madison

Throughout the pandemic, there’s nothing I’ve enjoyed more than gathering outdoors with friends, a good cocktail in hand. As long as it was safe to do so, we’d huddle around a streatery table or patio to enjoy a crisp, new alcoholic treat — a means to stay connected during turbulent times. The options for good cocktails in Madison are limitless, but of course, I have my favorites.
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Let's Eat: Mishqui Peruvian Cuisine brings Madison sweets and savories from South America

Cynthia García’s motto has always been to “dream while you’re awake.” And it was a driving force that helped her start her business, Mishqui Peruvian Cuisine. “It’s been very exciting going on this path” said Garcia, who grew up in Iquitos, Peru. “I love bringing Peruvians in my community those memories from a home country that’s far away. And for my other customers, it’s all about the experience of trying something different, something new with all of these full flavors.”
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‘There’s still a ways to go:’ Restaurant industry recovers slowly

MADISON, Wis. — Longer wait times and limited hours are all noticeable at many of your favorite restaurants. According to new research, only arts and entertainment have been hit harder than the dining industry by the worker shortage compounded by the pandemic. But recovery, though slow, is on the horizon.

MobCraft returns to the crowd to fund expansion

MobCraft Beer, the craft brewery that started in Madison in 2013 and moved to Milwaukee in 2016, has launched a Wefunder crowdsource campaign that if successful may dramatically expand the company and possibly bring back some production to Madison with a satellite brewpub. MobCraft co-founder Henry Schwartz says the brewery...

Chamber mixer set October 7 at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

Join the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce for an informal member networking event on the Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse patio during the Sun Prairie Chamber’s Oct. 7 membership mixer from 4-6 p.m. The chamber has requested beautiful weather to gather outside on Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse’s patio. The mixer is free to...

Monona Farmers' Market

The Monona Farmers' Market is held every Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Ahuska Park in Monona. Ahuksa Park is located at 400 E. Broadway, between Monona Drive and Stoughton Road. Free parking and bike racks are located adjacent to the vendors’ stalls. Ahuska Park includes a playground. Parking is free.

Ribbon Cutting at Java Lava Café

The Monticello Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for The Java Lava Café in Monticello on September 15th. Owner Nikkoleen Bongard said, "My husband and I decided it was time for a change from our crazy life of working together in the municipality. We wanted to give our girls the ability to watch a business that they love grow into a staple for the community that they call home. We are so happy to have The Java Lava Café open and be able to provide Monticello with all its caffeine and bakery item needs. And we are so proud to announce that we will be doing requests by order cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops. We have so many extra plans that are coming in our future as well."

Fall Beer Taste – Downtown Sun Prairie’s Oktoberfest

Presented by the Sun Prairie Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), the Fall Beer Taste – Downtown Sun Prairie’s Oktoberfest was held Saturday, Sept. 18. Over 20 downtown Sun Prairie businesses participated in the event, pouring 3 oz. samples of up to two flavors of a fall beer, ale, or cider.
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Fanning the flames in the restaurant industry

That’s how Patrick O’Halloran feels during shifts at Lombardino’s when orders are piling in, diners are crowded around the bar and other customers are lined up out the door waiting to be seated. He’s just trying to keep everything moving forward. As a restaurateur with decades in the industry, O’Halloran is comfortable with chaos. Busy dinner rushes, covering for someone who didn’t make it into work, running out of a menu item or some other unexpected hurdle — they’re all part of the job.
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In the 608 for Fall Restaurant Week: Bonfyre American Grille

MADISON, Wis. – We’re continuing to highlight area businesses in the 608 for Fall Restaurant Week. Bonfyre American Grille features contemporary American cuisine, such as hand-cut, wood-fyred steaks, fresh seafood selections, rotisserie chicken, pastas, and signature salads, but with their seasonally changing menu there will always be a chance that you may find a new favorite dish.