Milwaukee limits plastic straw distribution; Vida plans grand opening: Quick Bites – Milwaukee Business Journal

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City of Milwaukee limits plastic straw distribution

Bars and restaurants cannot automatically distribute single-use plastic straws, beginning April 14, 2020, under a new rule in the city of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee’s Common Council approved the measure by a vote of 14 to 1 on Nov. 26. Ald. Bob Donovan was the only member to vote against the proposal.

The prohibition excludes prepackaged, individual-serving beverages that include a straw, as well as approved compostable straws. Restaurants and bars can distribute straws with “viscous” beverages, like milkshakes and smoothies, for which a non-plastic straw wouldn’t be suitable. They can also provide straws upon customer request.

The latter provision accommodates a suggestion by Bill Crowley, an ombudsman for Disability Rights Wisconsin. Bans of plastic straws have previously drawn criticism for discriminating against people with disabilities.

“Completely banning straws or requiring someone to disclose their disability when requesting one will lead to increased stigmatization of disabled individuals,” Crowley said in a letter to Ald. Cavalier Johnson, who proposed Milwaukee’s rule. “Having straws available for any customer, upon request, would be one way in which some of these concerns could be addressed.”

Crowley said the organization would not take a position on the measure.

The Common Council’s decision is similar to other communities and businesses amid heightened concerns about the environmental impact of single-use plastic products.

The Milwaukee Bucks and its food and beverage provider, for example, do not offer plastic straws at events. The Milwaukee Brewers announced a similar decision in April.

The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets and the parent company of Pick ’n Save and Metro Market, is phasing out single-use plastic. The Cincinnati-based grocer announced in August 2018 that it would transition to reusable bags at all of its stores by 2025.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria sets opening date

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria plans to open its first Wisconsin location Dec. 11.

The chain, known for its deep dish pizzas, has its headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. The new shop is at 8799 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point, at the Riverpoint Village Shopping Center.

The space previously housed Pizzanetto.

The 2,000-square-foot space will offer carryout, delivery and drop-off catering services. The restaurant does not include a dining room.

Lou Malnati’s will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Vida sets grand opening

A coffee shop run by Marquette University students set Dec. 2 as its grand opening date. Vida is a subsidiary of Blue and Gold Ventures, a student-run business program at the private university.

Vida is at 1205 S. 70th St., West Allis. Scott Yauck’s Cobalt Partners owns the property, records show.

The direct trade, specialty coffee shop serves drinks made with beans from the Dominican Republic. Customers at Vida can make one-time purchases, subscribe for periodic delivery or purchase wholesale, according to Vida’s website.

More information about the company is available here.

Le Macaron to open in Brookfield

A French pastry shop plans to make its Wisconsin debut at The Corners of Brookfield.

Le Macaron recently announced its plans to open in the spring a 1,031-square-foot retail bakery at the complex, which is on Bluemound Road, off Interstate 94. The bakery will be between DAVIDsTEA and Scout & Molly’s.

Guests can expect seating for 14 and a menu that includes macarons, French gelato, French pastries and European-style beverages.

Further details are available here.

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