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West Allis A La Carte tries to cater to a younger crowd

But event includes old music favorites, and food for all

May 28, 2013

West Allis — West Allis A La Carte, which features tasty local treats with a side of live music, has some changes to appeal to the younger crowd in the 2013 edition on Sunday.

The sixth annual event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th streets.

Two bands will debut, and one of them, Something to Do, writes its own music and plays current rock.

Organizers hope Something to Do will especially appeal to the 20s- and 30s-something crowd, said Diane Eineichner, executive director of the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District, which puts on West Allis A La Carte. The band has performed several times at Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair.

The other band is Van Grassman, which does covers of songs that people of all ages will know.

"We're trying to get the younger crowd," Eineichner said.

But A La Care will also present jazz and golden oldies to other music lovers in the beer tent, where Neil Diamond impersonator Eric Ebert and Marcell Guyton, who offers a variety of popular hits, will perform.

Beyond the music

Teens are bound to be captivated by the new photo booth that will spit out a strip of four photos for a pitance. "Remember how we crammed six people into the photo booth?" Eineichner asked.

And the littlest visitors will get into the new Speleo Cave — five levels high and three chambers wide — where little ones can crawl around and pretend they're in a cave, she said.

Geared for all all ages will be the new Animal Avenue — a side street where all the puppies and sellers of animal accessories and treats will be found.

"It's going to be cute," Eineichner said, with artificial grass to make it look like a park.

Puppies who are looking for a home will be brought along by the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha (also known as HAWS), and by the Puppy Love adoption agency.

"We're sure that'll be a good attraction," Eineichner said of Animal Avenue.

Much food, of course

West Allis A La Carte is all about food, too, and visitors will find a third more choices this year with the addition of five new vendors. They include Brody's Shaved Ice, similar to a snow cone except that the syrup is frozen inside the ice.

"I've never had one and I'm looking forward to trying it," Eineichner said.

Also among the new sellers will be Lumpylicious Barbecue and Potato Babies.

People should come hungry to feast on the offerings of local restaurants, which will sell all kinds of menu items.

Among the participating restaurants will be Dopp's Bar & Grill, Double B's BBQ, Hattie's Food Truck, Mis Suenos, Steakhouse 100, Tomken's, and Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds.

For more information, visit westallisdowntown.com or contact Emily Eineichner at (414) 774-2676 or email promotions@downtownwestallis.com.

— Jane Ford-Stewart

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Sixth Annual West Allis A La Carte

WHERE: Greenfieled Avenue between 70th and 76th streets

WHEN: noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

COST: free

WHAT'S TO DO?

Music

Food

Rock wall climbing

Inflatables, Animal Avenue

Speleo Cave

Bingo

Variety Stage with the Allegro Dance Troupe at 1, 2 and 4 p.m., a Hula Hoop contest at 2:30 p.m., and Friends of Bacon cover band

Dunk tank

Kids area with carnival games

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