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🍀 Looking for St. Patrick's Day plans?
- Now is the time to get your favorite green clothes out.
- From special menus and charcuterie workshops to comedy shows and dancing, there are plenty of ways to get festive this week. Madison Magazine rounded up a bunch of themed activities to check out.
😋 Meet Willy Street Eats.
- A new restaurant has moved into the former home of Lao Laan-Xang on Willy Street. Willy Street Eats is currently open for lunch and dinner and this weekend will serve a special St. Patrick's Day menu that, yes, includes corned beef and cabbage. Outside of specials, the spot will also serve chicken, fish, ribs, and pork chops with various sides.
- The new restaurant's owner told the State Journal that the owners of Lao Laan-Xang, have been very supportive of the new endeavor. Lao Laan-Xang on Willy Street closed in March 2022 after 25 years. The same family still operates a location on Atwood Avenue.
💼 Layoffs at a Madison tech company.
- Madison-based technology company Fetch Rewards has laid off roughly 10% of its staff, affecting around 100 employees.
- The company was founded by two former UW-Madison students and offers shoppers rewards for scanning their receipts, and in turn, sells that data to its partner companies.
- Fetch made headlines in 2022 when it earned a $2.4 billion valuation, making it one of Wisconsin's most highly valued tech startups.
- Full disclosure: I worked at Fetch in 2020.
🏈 A Packer no more.
- Longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers announced he "intends" to play for the New York Jets next season.
- The Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005 and he's been with the team ever since. In 2011 he led the team to a Super Bowl victory.
- Rumors of his departure began swirling shortly after the close of last season. In an interview with the Pat McAfee show, Rodgers said the decision was mutual and the Packers are ready to move on, but he still holds a special place for the Wisconsin city.
- "I was drafted by Green Bay, and f***ing love that city, love that organization and always gonna have love for that," he said.
🏡 Your lunchtime read: Why new housing rules stir so much trouble in Madison.
- Via Cap Times: "Mike Varda and Ron Rosner have lived in Madison’s Regent neighborhood just past Camp Randall Stadium for 40 years. They can point out every house that used to be occupied by a family but now is home to college students.
It’s too many, in their opinion. [...]
They’re worried about the unintended consequences of recent zoning changes the city has made. In just three months, Madison has overhauled zoning for single-family neighborhoods in an attempt to address the city’s perennial housing shortage — from changing the definition of “family” in the city code, to allowing for more unrelated roommates to live together, to adding housing capacity along the city’s high frequency bus routes."
🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison
Madison’s Hottest Food Trend? Vegetables!
It’s never been easier to eat a meat-free diet in Madison. There are now two dedicated vegan restaurants, Jardin and Sookie’s Veggie Burgers, and a third in the works, with the JustVeggiez food cart planning to open a soul food storefront on State Street. In addition to vegetarian favorites Green Owl, Monty’s Blue Plate and Himal Chuli, the city’s packed with tasty Thai and Indian restaurants offering a number of veggie options. Add this to juice bars like New Day Eastside Juicery and a whole host of dairy-free bakeries like East Side Cakes, Heirloom Bakery & Kitchen and Level 5 Donuts, and you’ve got tasty treats for many kinds of diets.
And there’s a Madison Vegan Spring Pop-Up Market happening on March 26th at the Goodman Center.
Lindsay Christians, food editor of the Cap Times, is here to give us her favorite tips for feeding the vegan in your life and how we all might eat more veggies.
🦠 Covid-19 resources
- Get free Covid-19 tests here and here
- View the PHMDC data dashboard
- Find a vaccine appointment near you
- Acoustic Happy Hour Ft. Sam Rodewald at Garver Feed Mill
- Bored Teachers Comedy Tour at The Barrymore Theatre
- Presentation: Injecting Ash Trees and Other Journeys in Governing, Stewarding, and Caring for Nature at the UW–Madison Arboretum
- Jeff Dunham at Alliant Energy Center
- Author Terri Laxton Brooks in Conversation with Doug Moe at Mystery to Me
- Lunch with a Founder featuring Filament Games’ Dan White at StartingBlock Madison
- Maddie & Tae at Majestic Madison
- Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA) Meet & Greet at Mr. Brews Taphouse Monona
- Music Bingo at Starkweather Brewing Company
- St. Patrick's Day Charcuterie Workshop with Madison Cheese Boards at Hidden Cave Cidery
- Wisconsin Film Festival Sneak Peek at Goodman South Madison Library
- Saint Patrick's Day
- Invaders From Mars (1953) at UW Cinematheque 🟠
- 50+ Meet & Greet at Warner Park
- The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective at North Street Cabaret
- Cherub (DJ Set) at Liquid Madison
- Friday Family Films: On the Basis of Sex (2018) at Goodman South Madison Library
- The Jimmys St. Patrick's Day Bash at The East Side Club
- Kiss Me, I'm Funny Stand-up Showcase at Breese Stevens Field
- The Kissers St Patricks Day Celebration at High Noon Saloon
- Mike & Friends - Grateful Dead 70s Night at The Bur Oak
- The Music Department at Glass Nickel Pizza Co.
- One Night of Queen at Overture Center
- Orquesta SalSol Del Mad at Cafe CODA
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening and Performances at Crucible
🟠 Wondering about the orange circle? That symbol next to an event means that Tone Madison recommends checking it out.
⏪ Yesterday's news
- Breaking ground at St. Vinny's.
- Rallying for trans rights.
- A big step forward for the housing proposal near Tenney Park.
- A Madison church is leaving its denomination over disputes about LGBTQ+ rights.
- Your lunchtime read: Book banning is alive and well in Wisconsin prisons.
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