Monday, June 25, 2018

Fitzgerald's in Middleton UPDATE: A year later, Star BBQ and Karaoke gets second billing

But if you peek inside the windows, as I did the other day, you see that nothin's goin' on.

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2/27/2018 update, "8 months later, it appears that there's still nothin' doin'", starts here.

Nothing but empty fusion to date.

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8/23/2017 update, "Still 'closed for remodeling' 4 weeks later", starts here.

Must be a do-it-yourself job cuz I've yet to see any trucks or vans with drywall/painting/flooring/kitchen equipment etc/etc/etc business logos parked here.

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And what do I stumble across shortly after I return home from a bike ride.

Fitzgerald's in Middleton closes after 30 years.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/23/2017)
A recording at the restaurant says, "Fitzgerald's is currently closed -- forever" and explains that it will reopen under the name Star BBQ in about three months. 
The message says the business was purchased by a Korean family and will become a Korean barbecue with "Benihana tables." " 
Call us back and keep watching the sign out front," it says.
Keep watching the sign?  That's what I'm doing.

Related article
Restaurant News: Fitzgerald's supper club getting Asian infusion.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/15/2016)
Fitzgerald's has never before strayed from its steaks-and-seafood identity. The 10,000-square-foot, 300-seat restaurant was a supper club when Jerry Fitzgerald opened it in 1988 and remained a supper club after John Kaul bought it in 1996.

After Sofra discontinued their dinner services last fall, the Middleton Kiwanis changed their meeting location to fading Fitzgerald's.  It was a disastrous experience.  We're now meeting at Sprecher's.  Makes you wonder how the Star BBQ will fare.

Original 5/26/2017 post, "Fitzgerald's in Middleton:  'Closed for remodeling' while new owners figure out what kinda place it's gonna be", starts here.

Previously, Fitzgerald's billed itself as "the place for steaks".  

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