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Pizza Man to Open on Downer Avenue this Summer

More than three years after it went up in flames, the popular East Side restaurant will once again serve up slices come June.

More than three years after a four-alarm fire destroyed the East North Avenue mainstay, Pizza Man will make its much-anticipated return to Milwaukee's east side this summer.

A few blocks south of the Shorewood border, Mike Amidzich hopes to open the restaurant in June at the corner of North Downer Avenue and East Belleview Place, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Carol Deptolla writes.

Pizza Man will fill the first and second floors of the building and include a second-story patio for outdoor dining. 

The owner tells Deptolla he is still working out the menu, which will include some old customer favorites and some vegetarian options, but the restaurant will continue to offer his notable, award-winning wine menu.

Keith Schmitz January 23, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Thanks for the heads up. There will be time to lose weight in anticipation of the opening.
AWD January 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Even though the new Pizza Man will be located in the belly of the beast I will have to venture in from time to time. The Progressive vermin are already trying to take my liberty; I cannot let them take my pizza.
Alol January 23, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Hey weirdo--Downer Ave's patrons look a lot like Waukesha's these days, so you can leave your racism and stereotyping at home in Flander's Creek or Hunter's Grove or Whitey's Hollow or wherever it is you're daring to venture out from. And leave your guns at home, too, please.
CowDung January 23, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Hippies are plentiful in Waukesha?
Alol January 23, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Hippies are scarce on Downer Avenue. Or anywhere else in Milwaukee, except maybe for Riverwest. There are tons of Baby Boomers, UWM students, and yuppie-thirty-somethings on Downer. Maybe you're confusing Downer Ave with Brady Street. Or maybe you're confusing hippies with gutter punks. Either way, Downer Ave is Whitesville, minus the camo gear.
Bob McBride January 23, 2013 at 05:23 PM
So is that the old Lixx location?
CowDung January 23, 2013 at 05:24 PM
'Whitesville'? Not sure why you bring race into this--most (pretty much all) of the 'hippy type' people I see on the Ease Side are white people. I will admit that I do associate Downer and Brady as similar in the types of people attracted to that area. Lots of people that wear their blue fist bumper stickers proudly...
Alol January 23, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Oh CD, don't ignore the elephant in the room. You know as well as I do that when AWD says he's afraid of this side of Milwaukee that that includes people whose race differs from what he's used to seeing where he lives out in the sticks. Also, to generalize all progressives by calling them "hippies" is outdated. Do you really think there is a large population of people walking around the east side wearing bell bottoms, platform shoes, fringed vests and peace medallions?
CowDung January 23, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The style of dress might be slightly different, but there does seem to be an ever-present stench of patchouli...
Adam W. McCoy (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM
You are correct, Bob.
Alol January 23, 2013 at 06:31 PM
So by the confusing rationale of your comment, Downer Ave is a worse location than Oakland and North? Where do you want them to rebuild, Brookfield? I think this new location makes perfect sense; Pizza man is an east side institution and this new location is in keeping with that reputation. I don't understand what the big deal is about the neighborhood. If there are "hoopties" (now who's pulling the race card?) and foil over windows, keep in mind that there are tons of undergrad and graduate students renting in this area, as well as homeowners. I hear loud music in my neighborhood, and that doesn't exactly make it unsafe or unsavory. Get a grip, people.
Bob McBride January 23, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Ah..okay...and I might have missed something in that location in the meantime...a hot dog place or something I think. I bike through the area frequently during the warmer months but tend to keep my eyes on the road. I assume something else is in the old JJD/Chancellory location. Initially I thought of that location when Downer was mentioned.
Alol January 23, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Also, there's no Section 8 housing on Downer or anywhere near there. Let's get our gossip straight. Or at least from a more credible source.
Alol January 24, 2013 at 01:05 AM
http://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/jakesbigdog.html
Bob McBride January 24, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Yep, there you go. Dog done died.

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