Monday, October 24th, 2016

Feed me Seymour


The newspaper is full of good restaurant news today. Mayor Jeff Scrima’s father, Joe Scrima, is bringing Scrima’s Pizza back to Waukesha.

His cousins retired from the pizza-making business in the late 1990s after 40 years of serving Waukesha residents, and Scrima said now it’s time to fill the void in people’s hearts and taste buds.

From 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Scrima will offer dine-in and pick-up options, including fresh “take and bake” pizzas for people to cook at home. Scrima will offer Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and meatball sandwiches with mozzarella cheese, all made fresh daily.

One of Scrima’s favorite options, the olive oil, garlic, basil and tomato-based “Greci,” will be based on pizzas his mother would make with leftover dough after baking bread.

With the help of his children and grandchildren, Scrima hopes to get the business up and running by the first week in June.

When Scrima-the-younger ran for mayor of Waukesha, my spies told me that his father’s pizza was the best food on the campaign trail. So despite what I hear from other very reliable sources Joe Scrima’s very low opinion of me, I wish him nothing but success in his new business endeavor. I just hope his son’s enemies list does not bar certain people like bloggers, trouble makers and local award-winning columnists from trying a meatball sandwich.

I’m just glad he’s not offering drive-thru service.

Meanwhile over the border in Brookfield, two MVP’s are trying to do something few atheletes are very good at, launch a new restaurant:

The friendship that’s developed between Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been well publicized. And now the two MVPs are collaborating on a restaurant to open in late June in Brookfield.

Rodgers and Braun have signed a licensing agreement for a new restaurant bearing their names and referencing their jersey numbers: 8*twelve.

The SURG group will operate the restaurant, which will feature American classics on a wood-fire grill. 8*twelve will be located in the former Charro’s at 17800 West Bluemound Road.

The restaurant group also operates Ryan Braun’s Graffito at 102 N. Water St., according to its website.

Co-owner of SURG group, Omar Shaikh, said Braun, who has become a friend, suggested the idea of the restaurant and the name 8*twelve about a year ago.

“They are such good guys,” Shaikh said. “They have the same vision. It’s an honor.”

“Aaron and I are not only great friends, but we both have wholeheartedly made long-term commitments to the sports fans of Wisconsin,” Braun said in a release. “We wanted to give them a home base to celebrate their favorite teams and enjoy some great food and service.”

What about number 4?

Usually the way these things work is that there is an initial surge of interest, then people discover that the athletes never hang out there, and then they realize that the price of the food does not come from the quality but comes from the names on the door.

I really, really, really hope that is not what happens with this restaurant.

And yes, I am going to go there. The article does not state whether the beef is tested for BGH or steroids.

By the way, is it coincidence that in the same issue of the Waukesha Freeman (still just 50 cents!) there is an article on obesity in America?

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