Mo's redefines culture

With three closed restaurants (Monsoon, Mocean's, and Mo's Cucina) in their litany, the Mo's Restaurant Group has now decided to add a half-garlic, half-Gaelic spin to its Irish pub by commingling Italian and Irish menu items and moving former Moceans head chef Andy Stiyer to the helm.

Sounds to me like one of those Chinese/Mexican/pizza restaurants that cannot nail any particular cuisine so instead tries to do them all averagely. Not to take anything away from Stiyer, who I encountered at a Battle of the Chefs contest several years back when he proved himself to be quite talented, but I am not certain that a pasta-meets-corned-beef menu is something any professional chef really wants to take on.

The pub's food has never been quite up my alley to begin with, but does this now mean I can expect to see Milwaukee visitors confusedly drinking Guinness, watching a Packers game and eating pasta primavera? To me that may redefine culture shock.

Talkbacks

taylerbaby | Aug. 28, 2007 at 9:43 p.m. (report)

I developed my bias towards Mo's simply by eating there. Monsoon was overpriced, overrated and overcrowded. Mo's Irish Pub felt like TGI Friday's does Irish. Those experiences made it easy... I want no "mo" of Mo's.

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DBCooper | Aug. 27, 2007 at 6:18 p.m. (report)

By stating the Mo's restaurants that have closed and not mentioning the highly successful restaurants that are open displays your obvious bias against the Mo's group.

You apparently have made the leap from critic to the arbiter of cuisine. Imagine the audacity of adding a few popular Italian dishes to an Irish Pub menu! What next, sushi at a seafood restaurant, fish at a Steak House. Where will this end?!!!!

Will you follow up with a blog disparaging Lake Park Bistro for having Ravioli on it's Four Star French Country menu?

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