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

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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 oggiesmke.com. 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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Man fatally shot outside Eagan hotel; 2 in car with out of state plates are arrested

A man was fatally shot outside a hotel in Eagan, and two people who drove from the scene were quickly taken into custody, authorities said Tuesday.

The gunfire occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the gunshot victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel, according to police and emergency dispatch audio.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The car had Kentucky license plates, the dispatch audio disclosed.

The man was shot several times, the audio revealed.

Authorities haven’t identified the homicide victim or the suspects, and “whether they knew each other is still under investigation,” said police officer Aaron Machtemes.

Police also have yet to address a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call police at 651-675-5799.

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