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A state lawmaker refusing to cut his hair, Good City opening downtown and Rockwell's new gas business

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel logo Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 2/20/2019 Sarah Hauer
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Put this on the list of ideas you never knew you needed: wine pairings for your Girl Scout cookies. 

Caramel DeLites are the best one. Don't @ me. 

The big deals this week: A state lawmaker refusing to cut his hair, Good City Brewing opening downtown and Rockwell's new gas business. 

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Let's talk business

Rockwell Automation is getting into the oil and gas business with a new company. Rockwell is teaming up with a French company to form Sensia. The new venture will be based in Houston. Sensia will offer end-to-end solutions and technology for oilfield operations. It's expected to generate $400 million in annual revenue. 

Fuel Cafe in Walker's Point went solar. The restaurant is now powering the restaurant with 60 solar panels installed on its roof. The renewable energy will offset 7.5 percent of Fuel Cafe's energy use. It'll also save them up to $6,000 a year. 

Listen up. Just about three in 10 Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings. That's not good. Here's some advice: set up a direct deposit from your paycheck to a savings account. "This is the time to pay down debt and boost your savings in order to put yourself in a stronger financial position," the chief financial analyst at Bankrate said. "The economy and the job market aren’t always going to be this good."

Another company is moving downtown. Rexnord Corp., which makes industrial equipment such as plumbing fixtures, is leasing an office building on West Michigan Street. Right now, the company's main Milwaukee-area corporate offices are in West Milwaukee. The idea is to move some white collar jobs downtown and make it easier to recruit. 


The new Good City across from Fiserv Forum is celebrating its grand opening this weekend. Friday will be the official ribbon cutting with special cask tappings throughout the day and a concert to end the night. Saturday will have a DJ, bounce houses and a dance party after the Bucks play the Timberwolves. I won't say who I want to win. 

1840 Brewing in Bay View recently released the fourth version of The Cashmere Sweater, an IPA. Our beer writer described it like this: "...a delicious science project that spreads mango and other tropical flavors from first sip to last.

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Corners of MKE

We're starting a new feature, Be MKE-ers. I want to know: What's your favorite corner of Milwaukee? It could be the view from your walk home, a park bench, a cozy booth or a piece of public art. Share a picture of your favorite corner of Milwaukee with us to be featured in Be MKE. You can upload a photo and tell me about your favorite spot here.

Don’t go hangry

A fresh pasta restaurant is coming to the downtown office tower at 100 E. Wisconsin Ave. Tua Pasta, meaning your pasta in Italian, will have customers choose their own pasta shape and sauce. Tua Pasta will take the spot of the former John Hawks Pub. The counter-service restaurant should open in late spring or early summer. 

You can get a free bratwurst Saturday. In honor of Fred Usinger Day, Old German Beer Hall on Old World 3rd Street is giving away free brats for 12 hours. The party starts at 8 a.m. An important programming note: at 3 p.m., Frederick "Fritz" Usinger IV will tap free beer. 

Food halls be TRENDY. Two opened in December — Crossroads Collective on North Prospect Avenue and Sherman Phoenix on West Fond du Lac Avenue. Our dining critic made the rounds at both. Check out her recommendations here. 

Here are the talkers

This state lawmaker is going for the Bob Ross look. Not because he sees a television art show in his future. Assembly Rep. Jonathan Brostoff hasn't cut his hair in more than a year as a political protest. He won't cut his hair until a sign language bill is passed. The bill addresses concerns like the shortage of skilled sign language interpreters. "Every time you see me, it's a visual indicator that we're going to keep working on this. And for myself, it's a daily reminder that I'm not going to forget this," Brostoff said. 

That 17-year-old featured in the Esquire cover story is from Wisconsin. Because of course. Ryan Morgan is a senior at West Bend High School. The story came with the headline "An American Boy: What it's like to grow up white, middle class and male in the era of social media, school shootings, toxic masculinity, #MeToo and a divided country." Critics said the idea behind the article — telling another story about a white, straight, middle-class male — was tone deaf to the times. 

The winged Milwaukee Art Museum might become a Lego kit. An artist in Budapest built the museum in Legos and then submitted his design to the company for consideration through Lego Ideas. The artist has never been to Milwaukee but loves the feeling of freedom of the museum's design. Now, there are 499 days left for the design to get about 8,000 more online supporters. At that point, Lego will decide if it becomes a product people can really buy. 



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