Oriental drugs

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A familiar fragment of iconic Oriental Drugs is uncovered in West Allis basement

Published Dec. 14, 2018

Old Milwaukee Facebook group moderator Adam Levin recently posted a message to the group inquiring about the whereabouts of the signage that once adorned the exterior of the iconic Oriental Drugs, 2238 N. Farwell Ave. Soon after, Levin was standing in a West Allis basement next to the vertical blade sign that once hung on the corner of the building, announcing "DRUGS."

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What should replace Rosati's on Farwell?

Published March 7, 2017

It's an unfortunate week for Italian franchises, it seems. Yesterday we reported that Buca di Beppo on Van Buren had closed. And today, we've confirmed that Rosati's at 2238 N. Farwell Ave., is also shuttered.

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Replay closes, Rosati's pizza moving in

Published Dec. 22, 2014

It was rumored for a while but now Replay Sports Bar has officially closed. Rosati's Pizza will move into the space on 2238 N. Farwell Ave.

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12 signs you're old-school Milwaukee

Published Sept. 23, 2013

If you still know the words to the Pabst jingle, this list is for you. Read on, old timers and remember: this is still a great place on a great lake.

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Archiving my Alterra T-shirts

Published July 28, 2013

When I found out that Alterra was changing its name to Colectivo, I did two things: wrote a story fleshing out the details of the name change (coming Monday morning) and moved my Alterra T-shirts to my vintage Milwaukee T-shirt drawer.

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Replay Sports Bar space is on the market

Published March 7, 2013

Replay Sports Bar, located in old Oriental Drugs space at 2238 N. Farwell Ave., is still open and a representative says the bar is negotiations with its landlord, New Land Enterprises, to remain open. But, the space is on the open market.

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Former Oriental Drugs waitress pours bottomless cups of memories

Published Feb. 17, 2013

Recognizable Milwaukeean Kathleen Hamilton worked at a variety of high-profile Milwaukee businesses, including the Oriental Theatre, the now-defunct punk / goth shop Sweet Doomed Angel, Schwartz Bookshops and Beans and Barley. She also spent more than a decade waitressing at the iconic Oriental Pharmacy Tea House diner.

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Great restaurant logos make wearable T-shirts

Published Oct. 16, 2011

Most of us try to avoid literally wearing our food. However, wearing a T-shirt advertising cool, quality local restaurants is another story. Check out some of Milwaukee's most famous T-shirts promoting local restaurants and cafes.

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Twisted Fork will give way to Replay Sports Bar

Published Sept. 10, 2010

Restaurant and bar Twisted Fork, located in old Oriental Drugs space at 2238 N. Farwell Ave., will dish up its finale fare on Sunday, Sept. 12. But the space will not be empty. After renovations, the business will re-open on Oct. 8 as Replay Sports Bar.

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"Death of a Corner Drugstore" tells a bigger story

Published April 23, 2001

Brooke Maroldi's award-winning documentary about the closing of the Oriental Pharmacy also explores the homogenization of America through the loss of independent businesses.