Day: November 11, 2020

Oggie’s restaurant reopens at Hotel Metro, Milwaukee, with small plates, sandwiches


The Oklahoma onion burger is one of five sandwiches at Oggie’s, 411 E. Mason St. It’s based on a burger at Sid’s Diner in El Reno, Oklahoma. (Photo: Courtesy of Oggie’s)

Oggie’s, the new restaurant in Hotel Metro that opened for two weeks in summer, has reopened, this time serving seasonal small plates plus sandwiches.

The restaurant, 411 E. Mason St., is open 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The chef is Zach Nelson, who worked in Chicago and New York before returning home to Milwaukee when the pandemic broke out. 

The menu is brief, taking the pandemic into account. It’s meant to go with the lounge’s wine, beer, whiskey and cocktails, like the That’s a Mole: mezcal, triple sec, lime and chocolate bitters ($12).

It has several meatless plates that can be shared over drinks: cauliflower croquettes with tarragon dressing ($9); onion dip and chips ($8); and roasted delicata squash with lemon and Parmesan ($6). 

Sandwiches, served with pickle and chips, include meatballs with grilled green onion salsa and house-made ricotta on a potato roll ($14); Mom’s patty melt with caraway spread and sharp cheddar ($16); mushroom and butternut squash melt with braised kale and Gruyere cheese ($14); and the Oklahoma onion burger, two 3-ounce smash patties with Gruyere, crisp shallots and onion dip on a potato roll.

The full menu is online at Takeout is available by calling the hotel, (414) 272-1937.

That Oklahoma onion burger is based on the burger at Sid’s Diner in El Reno, Oklahoma. The company that manages the restaurant, Coury Hospitality, is based in Tulsa.

Coury initially opened the restaurant in August with a fine-dining menu; it and the hotel owner decided to close the restaurant two weeks later, citing slow business because of the pandemic, and let go the restaurant’s staff, which included chef Thomas Hauck.

Oggie’s was part of a recently completed $4 million renovation of the hotel, which this year became part of the Marriott Autograph brand.

RELATED: Thanksgiving 2020: Milwaukee restaurants that will be open or are offering takeout


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Contact dining critic Carol Deptolla at [email protected] or (414) 224-2841, or through the Journal Sentinel Food & Home page on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter at @mkediner or Instagram at @mke_diner.

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A (Virtual) Christmas Vacation with the Griswold’s: An Evening with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will take place Wednesday, November 28 at 8 p.m.


Light up your holidays and join Christmas’ favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold for a virtual salute to the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen) lead audiences through this live event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the Vacation franchise and answer your questions in a live audience Q&A. The virtual event will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 8 p.m.

An original member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Chevy Chase was the trailblazer who turned SNL success into Hollywood mega-stardom. The movies Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Fletch, and Three Amigos all contributed to making Chevy Chase a world-wide household name.

Perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise, actress-singer Beverly D’Angelo has had an accomplished career spanning over four decades. Her acting resume includes roles in over 60 films and appearances in some of pop-cultures most celebrated television series, including The Simpsons, Law & Order: SVU, and Entourage.

Tickets are $25 per device. A limited number of VIP tickets that include a post-show meet and greet with Chevy and Beverly are available. To purchase tickets, visit

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Hotel Acquired Through Project Homekey As Transitional Housing

The purchase of a Santa Rosa hotel to provide temporary housing for vulnerable people lacking shelter was approved Tuesday by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

The $8 million acquisition of the 44-room Hotel Azura was made through the state’s Project Homekey program, established in June in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Officials said the hotel on Healdsburg Avenue would be converted into interim housing for up to 66 individuals when escrow is closed, possibly by next week.

“Adding Hotel Azura into our housing portfolio will give us the opportunity to bring more of our COVID-19 vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness into supportive housing, with a path to permanent housing,” said Supervisor Susan Gorin. “I applaud the state for helping counties pursue housing that truly meets people’s needs, with supportive services and access to grocery stores, medical services and transportation.”

Priority access to the accommodations will go to those who are homeless and are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Those housed at the hotel will have also receive assistance from the county’s Accessing Coordinated Care to Empower Self Sufficiency Initiative (ACCESS) program that uses county and community programs to provide needed resources.

ACCESS services include primary health care, behavioral health services and support, economic and food assistance, and employment training.

Supervisors on Tuesday also approved the purchase of the Sebastopol Inn in Sebastopol, but that acquisition is pending state approval of funding.

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Tripadvisor puts warning on Thai hotel that had guest jailed

Tripadvisor is warning potential visitors to a Thai hotel that they could face dire consequences for complaining too harshly about their experience — just like one guest who was thrown in jail over his negative reviews.

The travel-review platform slapped a special notice on its listing for the Sea View Resort & Spa in Koh Chang, Thailand, which had an American visitor named Wesley Barnes arrested after he criticized the hotel online.

Tripadvisor said it took the unusual step to make sure other travelers knew about the Sea View’s “extraordinary” action against Barnes, who was reportedly freed after reaching a settlement with the oceanside island resort.

“Most negative reviews posted are valuable customer service and learning experiences for businesses who choose to constructively engage this feedback,” Massachusetts-based Tripadvisor told The Post in a statement. “However, Tripadvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”

The Sea View had Barnes detained after he wrote several negative reviews on Tripadvisor and other sites, including one accusing the hotel of “modern day slavery,” Agence France Presse reported in September. Barnes, who works in Thailand, also reportedly got into a spat with hotel staff over a corkage fee for alcohol he had brought in.

The resort’s use of Thailand’s notoriously tough anti-defamation laws apparently alarmed Tripadvisor, which explicitly warned users in its notice that Barnes spent time behind bars as a result of the criminal charges filed against him.

“The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans,” the label reads.

The Sea View did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. But the hotel issued a statement to The New York Times accusing Tripadvisor of breaking its part of the settlement that was reached with Barnes.

The resort agreed to drop the complaint if Barnes apologized and convinced Tripadvisor not to place a so-called “red badge” on the hotel’s listing, which could harm its business, according to the Times. Tripadvisor reportedly provided Barnes with a letter making such a pledge.

“We fail to understand how Tripadvisor going back on their word, and not being impartial, is helpful to any of the parties involved in this case,” the Sea View told the Times.

Tripadvisor executive Bradford Young countered that it had not violated any terms of the letter, which it sent Barnes to ensure his safety, the paper reported.

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Parks and Recreation: Why is Everyone So Mean to Jerry?

Parks and Recreation is undeniably one of the most beloved comedies of the 21st century, and a lot of that can be attributed to the show’s sunny disposition. While comedies like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, South Park, and Parks’ direct inspiration The Office were often fueled by nastiness, cynicism, and boorishness, Parks and Rec used the unrelenting positivity of its main character and the warm relationships between its ensemble to create a feel-good atmosphere that naturally lead to laughs. 

Parks’ cheery portrayal of competent, well-meaning civil servants running into the grossly ill-informed, misplaced anger of their constituents has earned it the reputation of being the defining comedy of the Obama era. Throughout the tumultuous and divisive Trump presidency, populated with government employees who seemed as outwardly hostile toward the departments that they represented as Ron Swanson, fans and critics wrote about finding solace in old episodes of the NBC comedy. When reality showed us a spiteful, corrupt version of civic life, Parks and Rec was like a balm of niceness.

However, within Parks’ hopeful, friendly world, one particular piece of Trumpian ugliness often goes unmentioned in the gushing tributes to the series kindness — the treatment of Gerald “Garry/Jerry/Larry” Gergich. Most commonly referred to as Jerry as a sign of disrespect or just genuine apathy toward getting his name right, Jerry is the constant butt of the Parks Department’s jokes. 

Relentlessly bullied for his clumsy nature and ineptitude, Jerry is treated as one might imagine Donald Trump treats Chris Christie. Jerry is mocked moments after recovering from a heart attack, barely tolerated after a supposed mugging, and belittled after virtually every minor mistake. Parks writers try to make up for this by giving Jerry an idyllic homelife, content demeanor, and well-endowed manhood, but the mean-spiritedness of the Jerry material always has seemed at odds with the series genial vibe.

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Mike Pence cancels Florida vacation to help Trump effort to overturn presidential election

Mike Pence isn’t going to Disney World anytime soon.

The vice president scrapped plans for a Florida vacation so he could help lead President Trump’s effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in last week’s election, the Washington Post reported.

Pence gave Republican Senators a presentation Tuesday on Trump’s legal efforts to cast doubt on Biden’s victory, and urged them to stick by the president’s side.

The conservative veep has mostly stayed out of the public eye since his boss signaled that he has no intention of conceding the election.

a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Election officials will start certifying the results soon, confirming Biden’s win in enough states to win the White House. But Trump is holding firm and continues to insist that Pence and other acolytes stand behind him.

Pence signaled Tuesday that might head down to battleground Georgia to campaign for two Republican senators facing Jan. 5 run-off elections that will decide control of the Senate.

GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have strongly backed Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him, and even called on the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step down over allegations of voter mismanagment.

Raffensperger announced Wednesday that Georgia would do a full hand recount of the votes, as Biden leads Trump by a razor-thin 0.3% in the state.

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Hong Kong, Singapore establish air ‘travel bubble’ to replace quarantine in ‘world first’

An inaugural “travel bubble” will be launched later this month between Hong Kong and Singapore to reestablish travel links amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.

The plan kicks off on Nov. 22, which would allow leisure travelers from the two cities to fly between each other without having to quarantine, which officials described as a “world first.”

“This policy is not easy to come by,” Hong Kong Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said during the announcement, according to the South China Morning Post. “Whether the bubble can work and sustain (itself) well will depend on cooperation from all sides, including the participation of residents and their efforts in maintaining social distancing.”


Under the plan, tourists from either city must take nucleic acid tests before their flight, after arrival and before their return to prove they do not have COVID-19.

An inaugural “travel bubble” will be launched later this month between Hong Kong and Singapore to reestablish travel links amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced on Wednesday.  (iStock)

The plan will initially kick off with only one flight a day into each city, with a quota of 200 passengers per flight. Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific will operate alternate flights after the launch day.

The plan would then increase to two flights a day beginning Dec. 7.

Singapore Airlines said Wednesday it would not be using its largest aircraft for the flight relaunch, but that it hopes it would be a “very good pilot” for how to resume international travel.


Earlier this week the airline reported its biggest-ever quarterly loss due to the ongoing impacts on air travel due to the pandemic, the Post reported.

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Officials said the plan will be suspended for two weeks if either Hong Kong or Singapore reports a seven-day moving average of more than five untraceable coronavirus infections.


“While we may be starting small, this is an important step forward,” Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung told reporters. “It will be a useful reference for other countries and regions that have controlled the epidemic, and are contemplating opening their borders.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Here are the states you can travel to under Maryland’s new COVID-19 travel advisory

Gov. Larry Hogan announced a travel advisory Tuesday “strongly recommend[ing]” Marylanders avoid non-essential travel out of Maryland to states with high COVID-19 positivity or case rates.

The states that fall under the Maryland Department of Health’s advisory all have case rates of above 20 per 100,000 people over the past seven days or a testing positivity rate above 10%, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contact tracing data analysis suggests out-of-state travel is to blame for a “substantial increase” in cases, Hogan said.

“You should immediately cancel or postpone travel to any of these states with spiking metrics,” Hogan, a Republican, said.

According to the state’s methodology listed in the order, as of the latest data available Tuesday night, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state are exempt from the travel advisory due to their metrics.

Neighboring states Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, along with Washington, D.C. are also exempt from the recommendation, which came ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday later in the month.

Hogan announced the travel advisory Tuesday along with more stringent restrictions on restaurant capacity as of Wednesday. He also strongly discouraged gatherings of 25 or more. The moves come as Maryland has reported 1,000 or more new coronavirus cases for seven straight days, extending a pandemic record.

The state recommends any Maryland resident returning from out-of-state travel to get tested upon arrival or within 72 hours before returning to Maryland. Any Marylander who travels to one of the states on the travel advisory should get tested and self-quarantine until test results come back, according to the advisory.

Out-of-state residents visiting Maryland are also encouraged to get tested for the virus within 72 hours before arriving and stay at home between getting tested and arriving in the state, or to self-quarantine when arriving in Maryland.


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Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Third quarter revenue was $61.6 million, up 86% from the third quarter 2019 and 11% sequentially

Third quarter adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million, compared to $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2020

2020 revenue target increased to greater than $225 million, up from $215-220 million

PHOENIX, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. (“Harvest” or the “Company”) (CSE: HARV, OTCQX: HRVSF), a vertically integrated cannabis company and multi-state operator in the U.S., today reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter 2020. All financial information is provided in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • Total revenue in the third quarter was $61.6 million, an increase of 86% from $33.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, and up 11% compared to $55.7 million in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Gross profit excluding biological adjustments in the third quarter was $28.7 million, compared to $11.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, and $23.4 million in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Gross profit margin excluding biological adjustments in the third quarter was 46.6%, compared to 35.0% in the third quarter of 2019, and 42.1% in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss was $2.1 million for the third quarter, compared to a net loss of $39.1 million in the third quarter of 2019 and $18.3 million for the second quarter 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA excluding biological adjustments in the third quarter was $10.5 million, compared to ($10.9) million in the third quarter of 2019 and $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Please see the supplemental information regarding unaudited results and Non-IFRS Financial Measures at the end of this press release.

Third Quarter 2020 Business Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2020, Harvest opened one new dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona and one new dispensary in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
  • As of September 30, 2020, Harvest owned, operated, or managed 37 retail locations in seven states, including 15 open dispensaries in Arizona. Harvest owned and operated dispensaries exclude retail locations serviced through Interurban.

Subsequent Events

  • Subsequent to September 30, 2020, Harvest opened two retail locations in Camp Hill and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
  • On October 2, 2020, Harvest terminated the agreement to sell two California retail assets to Hightimes Holdings for $6 million in preferred stock.
  • On October 28, 2020, Harvest completed a bought deal financing raising gross proceeds of approximately $32.4 million including the overallotment option. Units sold in the offering were priced at Cd$2.26 per unit and included one subordinate voting share and one-half warrant. Each warrant has an exercise price of Cd$3.05 and duration of 30 months.
  • On October 30, 2020, Harvest completed the purchase and license transfer of THChocolate, LLC, including cannabis manufacturing licenses in Colorado. The consideration paid was immaterial.
  • On November 2, 2020, Harvest announced a settlement agreement with Devine Holdings. Under the terms of
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NJ Expands Coronavirus Travel Quarantine List To 45 States

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has once again expanded the quarantine travel advisory list to its biggest ever, now demanding any travelers from 45 states and territories to quarantine for two weeks after returning – even if their travel route started in New Jersey.

Nonessential travel from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware also is highly discouraged, although none of the states are on the travel advisory list. New York and Connecticut are also discouraging nonessential travel to and from the Garden State, but they are not mandating that travelers quarantine.

Murphy added two states this week – Maine and New Hampshire – raising the total of states and territories included in the advisory to 45, marking the largest number of states on New Jersey’s quarantine list to date.

The travel advisory is issued for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Delaware, Connecticut and Pennsylvania meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory, but they were left off the list due to the interconnected nature of the region, Murphy said. A 14-day quarantine for travelers from these states is “not reasonable in all instances,” Murphy said.

Still, anybody traveling south will still have to find a circuitous route since Maryland remains on the quarantine list. In fact, traveling to nearly all parts of the US will be difficult without having to isolate upon return (see full list of states on the quarantine list below).

Anyone returning from the designated states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging, Murphy said, and only leave for medical care or essential items.

“As we battle a second wave of COVID-19, stopping the spread of this deadly virus could not be more important.” said Murphy. “It remains our top priority to ensure the safety of New Jersey residents, and we ask individuals arriving from these 45 states to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

The new list comes as New Jersey on Tuesday announced its highest daily case total since April — 3,877 — and the state’s highest death toll since July: 21. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ COVID-19 Numbers Going ‘In Wrong Direction’

“These numbers are devastating,” Murphy said. “We are still in the midst of a pandemic. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe.”

Here is the latest list:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Guam

  • Iowa

  • Idaho

  • Indiana

  • Illinois

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Missouri

  • Mississippi

  • Montana

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • New Mexico

  • Nevada

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • West Virginia

  • Washington

  • Wyoming.

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.


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