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Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

New fitness apparel, training store to open in fall

A new fitness shoe and apparel store is scheduled to open in Sun Prairie this fall. 

Fleet Feet Sports Madison owners Matt & Jessica Anderson announced in June that they would open a second store in the Shoppes at Prairie Lakes shopping center at 2828 Prairie Lakes Drive. 

The Andersons said the new Fleet Feet should open in September. Fleet Feet offers sporting goods like apparel, athletic shoes and training. 

"With this expansion, Fleet Feet Sports will be accessible to even more people in the greater Madison area so we can share our passion for serving customers and encouraging the fitness lifestyle," the Andersons said in a news release. 

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Organizers of a men’s health event Thursday said it give will give attendees a chance to improve their health and their golf game.

"Less than half of all men have seen their primary doctor in the last year, despite being at higher risk for heart disease and some cancers simply for being a man," said Dr. Christopher Harkin, family medicine physician at Meriter Stoughton. "If men are going to avoid the clinic, we'll happily meet them at the golf course."

Tee Up for Men's Health will be at Blackhawk Country Club and include golf swing analysis, casual conversation with a variety of specialists from Meriter Medical Group, Meriter-UnityPoint Health said. 

The event includes a three-course dinner and a chance to win $5,000 during a putting contest. It runs from 6-8 p.m. The putting contest begins after dinner.

To register for the $25 golf clinic, visit meriter.com/classes.

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2 new stores coming to West Towne Mall

2 new stores coming to West Towne Mall

A new clothing store and a Hallmark store are opening at West Towne Mall.

A release from the mall said Apricot Lane has opened and Amy's Hallmark will open late this summer. Eddie Bauer has moved to a new location.

Apricot Lane specializes in clothing, accessories and gifts and opened near the main entrance across from Sephora.

Eddie Bauer offers clothing and accessories for outdoor lifestyles and opened in a new location near Sears.

Amy's Hallmark will have greeting cards, gift wrap, stationery, gifts and collectibles and will open near JCPenney.

Kohl’s celebrates reopening of updated Madison west store

Kohl’s will hold a grand reopening event of its Madison west store Wednesday, according to a release.

Kohl’s has been investing in its existing stores, and the Madison west store is one of more than 30 the company plans to remodel in 2014, according to the release.

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Controversial restaurant looks to open in Madison

Controversial restaurant looks to open in Madison

A controversial fast food restaurant is setting its sights on Madison.

A proposal to build a Chick-fil-A is going to the Urban Design Commission on Wednesday.

The possible site would be in the parking lot of West Towne Mall.

Two years ago the company took a very public stance against gay marriage. Since then, it has changed its approach, but the local LGBT community isn't buying it.

"Because of their national presence, they are trying to appear more appealing and broadminded, but the owner certainly hasn't changed his religious viewpoint," said Steve Starkey, with the Outreach LGBT Community Center.

Chick-fil-A has one other Wisconsin location in Racine, but they've added 27 new stores this year. Company officials said they look forward to Madison expansion later this year or early next year.

WBA offers reward for information on bank robbery

WBA offers reward for information on bank robbery

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who robbed a Home Savings Bank Feb. 18, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the robbery, officials said.

The robbery occurred at the Home Savings Bank at 7701 Mineral Point Road, according to the release. A black semiautomatic handgun was seen during the robbery.

The robber is described as a white man approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall to 6 feet tall with a medium-heavy build and a distinct walk, officials said. He was wearing an olive green jacket with black patches on the shoulder and sides, as well as a black vertical stripe on the hood.