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Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Short Orders (The Harp)

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One of Milwaukee’s classic Irish pubs, The Harp (113 E. Juneau Ave.), has a new owner: restaurateur R.C. Schmidt, who also owns the Trinity Three Irish Pubs just a block to the east. The Harp has undergone renovation, but the character remains the same. A fresh coat of paint has been added to the exterior, while the biggest interior change is the addition of private booths that incorporate church pews—the perfect seat for a religious Guinness drinker. There are some changes to the menu, too. Many of the sandwiches will still be familiar, but a few items have been borrowed from the Trinity menu as well. Reuben rolls of corned beef and cabbage can serve as an appetizer as well as an entre. There is also a fish fry served daily. The new and improved Harp takes the right approach: Why tinker with success?

Photo by Kate Engbring