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Carbone’s Pizzeria & Billiards opened Wednesday at 1920 Ward Ave. in La Crosse, featuring pizza, calzones, burgers, hoagie sandwiches, salads and appetizers.

Owner Andrew Schmitz said the business is a “family-friendly sports bar” that also has an “upscale, clean billiards area” with 10 new Diamond-brand billiards tables and youth and adult leagues. There’s also a large game room with about 20 arcade and video games for kids and adults.

Schmitz had operated Overtime Sports Bar before closing that business June 28 and remodeling the space into Carbone’s.

“In the Twin Cities, Carbone’s is a major name,” said Schmitz, who bought a franchise from the St. Paul-based chain of pizzerias.

“The pizza dough (and other fresh ingredients) comes in fresh from Carbone’s,” he said. “We roll it and prepare it.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. While Carbone’s has indoor dining, it also offers take-outs and may add delivery service later, Schmitz said. The new business has about 20 employees.

Carbone’s telephone number is 608-796-1886, its website is and it also is on Facebook.

The Bamboo House Asian Bistro & Hibachi restaurant in Onalaska closed several days ago, after nearly six years in business.

A sign on the entrance early last week told customers that the restaurant is “officially closed forever” and thanked them for their business over the years. The restaurant’s owner declined comment when I asked him in early August about his plans to close the Bamboo House. At the time “for lease” signs already had been posted above the restaurant, at 9374 Hwy. 16 E. in the East Towne Plaza shopping center.

Bamboo House opened in October 2010 and featured Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai food.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for Contractor Supply of West Salem‘s new facility at W2954 County B in West Salem.

The new location, near Maxwell-White Plumbing, will replace Contractor Supply’s store at 136 Elm St. E. in downtown West Salem. The business will begin operating from the new location by spring.

Contractor Supply was founded in 2011 by Kevin and Eileen Fossum as a lumber yard for contractors. It has grown to be four times the size of the original store, and now serves contractors and home owners.

It sells materials and supplies needed to build a new home or for remodeling, and also provides home design, screen repair, Paslode repair, blade sharpening, insulation blower rental and other services.

“We simply need more space,” Kevin Fossum said. The new building will provide more room and have a more efficient layout, he said.

DBS Group of Onalaska is handling construction of the new store, which will have 3,400 square feet of office space and a 12,000-square-foot warehouse.

DanceArt Centers moved in early June to 1115 N. Superior Ave. on the north side of Tomah, from its previous location at 202 E. Jackson St. in Tomah.

Director Charise Liebhart said her dance studio offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop. Registration continues until Sept. 10 for the new dance year.

The business was started in 1983 by Liebhart’s parents, Melisa and Charles Thideman. “I have owned the business since my father passed in 2015, but have been the director since my mother passed in 2011,” Liebhart said.

The previous location was in her parents’ name, Liebhart said of her reason for moving the studio. “Rather than buying such a large commercial property at my age, I decided to rent a unit in a strip mall,” she said.

DanceArt Centers’ website is and it also is on Facebook.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819.


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Condor Kid

Great pizza! Awesome pool tables!

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