Historic Melms Brewing Co. to reopen in Hartland this weekend

Published March 12, 2018

After a series of soft openings, Melms Brewing Company will officially open its doors to the public on Saturday, March 17 in Hartland. If you pay a visit to the Melms Brewing Co. tap room, you'll find it to be shiny and new. But it's built on history that dates back over 150 years.


On the Burger Trail: The double cheeseburger at The Kiltie Drive-In

Published Aug. 11, 2017

One of the hallmarks of spring in Lake Country is when The Kiltie in Oconomowoc opens for the season. And there's good reason for that. Almost nothing has more summer promise than a night at this nostalgic drive-in, which is open seasonally.


7 questions for Wisconsin's own Tom Wopat

Published Sept. 18, 2015

It's been more than a decade since OnMilwaukee spoke to Tom Wopat, best known as Luke Duke from the hugely popular `80s series, "Dukes of Hazzard." Wopat, of course, is from Lodi, just outside Madison, and in his career he's done a lot more than the Dukes. A Tony-nominated Broadway actor, he's also released a number of successful albums in different genres. Now, Wopat is coming home (or close to home, anyway) to open the Oconomowoc Arts Center's Main Stage Series on Saturday. He'll be performing jazz-inspired renditions of contemporary classics from his album, "I've Got Your Number."


Panga's vacation vibe breaks the Milwaukee monotony

Published July 26, 2015

OnMilwaukee.com recently made the trek out to Panga and realized that it really wasn't much of a trek at all. Mike and Kristyn Eitel, who also own The Nomad and the BelAir chain, acquired the Oconomowoc-based Panga in early June.


Holy nostalgia, Batman! An original Batmobile resides in Oconomowoc

Published July 8, 2015

While the campy but delightful TV show "Batman" approaches a half a century since its network debut, the Batmobile remains an "it" automobile, standing the test of time in coolness and recognizable design. Baby Boomers, Bat-Fans and beyond dream of cruising around town in style if ever given the keys to take Batman's ride for a spin. For Oconomowoc native Craig Schiefelbein, that dream is a reality, tucked away in his personal Batcave.


Nomad owners open two new businesses near Oconomowoc

Published June 11, 2015

Kristyn and Mike Eitel formed a new partnership and purchased The Sports Channel on Upper Nemahbin Lake outside of Oconomowoc in the Village of Summit. The couple quietly opened Panga Bar and Grill, 34422 Delafield Rd., on Friday, June 5, and plan to open Nomad Boardsports later this summer in a building at the same location.


Playgrounds are no place for guns

Published May 22, 2014

A mother took her 3-year-old son to a park in Oconomowoc.The little boy played on all the good stuff there and then climbed up to go down the slide. Like a good mother, Kathy Miers kept her eyes on the boy. Then, what to her wondering eyes should appear, but a man, right next to her son. And on his hip a holster. And in the holster, a gun. Kathy snapped a picture. She posted it online. Lots of people saw it. And then here's what happened next.


Schwefel's defines success with quality food and relationships

Published Feb. 18, 2014

Dan and Lori Schwefel opened their Oconomowoc-based German restaurant in 1988. Since then, they have collected many stories about food and people, many of which they recently shared over dinner featuring some of Schwefel's signature dishes.


Milwaukee Public TV set to air Tommy Awards tonight

Published Oct. 21, 2013

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Oconomowoc High School, Shorewood High School, Wauwatosa West High School and Waukesha West High School will be featured in the broadcast running at 8 p.m. on WPT and 9 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2.


"Oconomowoc" out to put the small town on the big screen

Published June 6, 2012

"Oconomowoc" the movie is a brand-new indie comedy venture by filmmaker Andy Gillies and a crew of mostly local talent. And, if all goes well, it's going to bring Oconomowoc the city a lot more attention.


Meet a king, a volunteer, and a Naismith Award winner

Published Dec. 15, 2010

Hallie King -- resident of Oconomowoc, graduate of Arrowhead High School and sophomore communications major at the University of Tennessee -- will become the 31st individual recipient of the Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award. That's a remarkable achievement in itself. What makes it historic is that at age 20, King is 12 years younger than the previous youngest winner of the prestigious award.