Monk's Bar owner Tom Heller will bring the bar's famous burger, always served on a piece of wax paper with a little bowl of dill pickle slices on the side, to the new Middleton location.

A fourth Monk’s Bar & Grill is scheduled to open Monday across from Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Middleton.

It will join three other Monk’s locations: downtown Wisconsin Dells, at the Wilderness Resort in the Dells, and in downtown Baraboo. Monk’s Retreat in Cross Plains is no relation.

The new Monk’s is located at 8313 Murphy Drive, in an old Applebee’s location.

Gustave “Monk” Heineke and his wife Helen opened the original Monk’s Bar in 1947 in downtown Wisconsin Dells, less than a block from its current location. The sports bar is full of Badger memorabilia since the Heineke sons played for the University of Wisconsin football team.

“We’re just super excited to be in the Madison market,” said Greg Frankov, who now owns the restaurants with partner Tom Heller.

The bar and grill serves 10 gourmet burgers, along with sandwiches, salads, wraps and appetizers. The big draws at Monk’s are the burgers.

“Heller fusses over the grind of meat as Monk did. The hand-patted patties fry atop a pile of minced onions, which marinate in the grease as they cook,” Susan Lampert Smith wrote in the State Journal in 2002.

“One secret,” says Heller, “is a well-seasoned grill that’s scraped but never washed.”

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ORPHEUM POPCORN MAKES RACHAEL RAY MAGAZINE: The cheddar-horseradish popcorn at the Orpheum Theatre is mentioned in the April issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine as a food trend that is spicing up the classic movie-theater snack.

The Orpheum’s cheddar-horseradish popcorn is made with truffle oil, and butter that is infused with freshly grated horseradish and topped with Carr Valley aged cheddar.

The Orpheum, 216 State St., is mentioned along with three other theaters nationwide that offer flavored popcorns: a garlic-paprika in New Orleans; bacon in St. Louis Park, Minn.; and sage-brown butter in Brooklyn, N.Y.

NEW LAZY JANE’S ANNEX: An offshoot of Lazy Jane’s Cafe and Bakery, called Lazy Jane’s Bakery, opened recently at 1348 Williamson St., two doors down from Lazy Jane’s.

The bakery annex is take-out only. It’s designed to accommodate customers who regularly line up on weekends for Lazy Jane’s scones and other bakery and aren’t interested in staying for a full meal.

Besides bakery, the annex offers self-serve coffee, and is open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It may expand its hours in the future, said bakery manager Tina Matlock.

Right now the bakery is focusing on pastries — the same items offered at Lazy Jane’s: scones, croissants, morning buns and cookies. In addition, the bakery will sell bars (lemon bars, brownies, blondies), pies, and a larger variety of cookies.


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