The Tandem will resume restaurant service this summer

The Tandem will resume restaurant service this summer

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition of This Bites, we have some big news to talk about involving The Tandem. We also have an update about a new food truck from Meat on the Street. Also, St. Kate’s restaurant Aria has some new items on its menu, with an emphasis on classic Midwestern fare like deviled eggs and a smoked salmon potato pancake. We also talk about a cool pie shop coming to West Allis.

One of the local heroes of the pandemic was The Tandem (1848 W. Fond du Lac Ave.), which dedicated itself to feeding people in need. Its free-meal program grew into an enormous operation supported by chefs from around the city, as well as the international nonprofit World Central Kitchen.

The free meals program will remain in some form, but now owner Caitlin Cullen has announced she plans to resume restaurant service at The Tandem soon. She says she hopes to reopen in late July or early August. This is great news for everybody craving the restaurant’s legendary fried chicken.

The Bake Shop celebrates all things sweet

There’s a new bakery coming to West Allis that specializes in pies. It’s called The Bake Sale, and it’s being opened by the owner of West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe Cafe. You’ll find pie flavors including cherry, key lime, French silk and banana cream. There will also be vegan pies, savory quiches and pasties.

They’ll also sell specialties from some other local bakeries, including The Cake Lady in St. Francis, Canfora Bakery in Bay View, Cranky’s and even Simma’s Bakery. The Bake Sale plans on a June 4 soft opening.

Hear us talk about all that and more on this week’s episode below.

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