Milwaukee-area restaurants that permanently closed in 2022

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Adriatic Fresh Seafood & Steak had a soft opening in November 2021, then officially opened in February at 11200 W. Burleigh St.
Adriatic Fresh Seafood & Steak had a soft opening in November 2021, then officially opened in February at 11200 W. Burleigh St.

Adriatic Fresh Seafood & Steaks

11200 W. Burleigh St.

The restaurant, in the Mayfair Collection, closed Aug. 15, just six months after its official opening. The Mediterranean-style restaurant featured an open kitchen.

The owners, Ben and Kika Saliu, said they were never able to ramp up business because of a lack of staffing and the soaring costs of food and supplies.

The Saliu brothers have two other restaurants still serving: Golden Nest Pancake & Cafe at the Mayfair Collection and Sunview Restaurant in Beaver Dam.

Marty and Suzie Weigel, owners of Benno's Genuine Bar & Grill in West Allis, are seen behind the bar on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Benno's closed June 5 after 41 years in business.
Marty and Suzie Weigel, owners of Benno's Genuine Bar & Grill in West Allis, are seen behind the bar on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Benno's closed June 5 after 41 years in business.

Benno's Genuine Bar & Grill

7413 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis

Marty and Suzie Weigel closed the business June 5 after 41 years, saying they're ready to retire and travel. The bar-restaurant was known for Benno Burgers, Friday night fish fries, Super Tacos and craft beer.

Mayor Dan Devine signed a proclamation declaring June 7 to be Benno’s Genuine Bar & Grill Day in  West Allis and presented a plaque to the Weigels.

The couple lived above Benno's, and they plan to sell it, once they find a new place to live.

The Brown Bottle in Schlitz Park dated back to 1938.
The Brown Bottle in Schlitz Park dated back to 1938.

The Brown Bottle

221 W. Galena St.

F Street Hospitality, which owned The Brown Bottle since 2020, closed the restaurant on Aug. 15. No reason was given.

Schlitz Brewing started the restaurant — in what is now Schlitz Park — in 1938, and in recent years it had closed temporarily and then reopened. Crestlight Capital of Detroit and TPG Real Estate of Fort Worth, Texas, bought Schlitz Park in 2019, closed the restaurant and then worked with F Street to reopen it.

Butch's Pub and Eatery was closed for only a few days before it reopened as Henry Flach's steakhouse.
Butch's Pub and Eatery was closed for only a few days before it reopened as Henry Flach's steakhouse.

Butch's Pub and Eatery

9140 W. National Ave., West Allis

The pub was the last in a series of restaurants operated by Bernard "Butch" Schettle, He turned 80 this year and has retired.

The pub closed in June after seven years and was quickly bought by a two customers and reopened as Henry Flach's, a steakhouse.

Egg & Flour Pasta Bar closed its Wauwatosa location in February.
Egg & Flour Pasta Bar closed its Wauwatosa location in February.

Egg & Flour Pasta Bar, Tosa

6700 W. State St., Wauwatosa, inside Metcalfe's Market

After opening in 2021, this location of Egg & Flour closed in February. Chef-owner Adam Pawlak cited the coronavirus pandemic, inflation and staffing shortages.

Pawlak said the closure would allow him to focus on his other restaurants and other opportunities.

Egg & Flour locations in Crossroads Collective food hall on the east side and in Bay View remain open.

Fool's Errand, 316 N. Milwaukee St., served dinner Fridays and Saturdays and brunch Saturday through Monday.
Fool's Errand, 316 N. Milwaukee St., served dinner Fridays and Saturdays and brunch Saturday through Monday.

Fool's Errand

316 N. Milwaukee St.

The Third Ward restaurant closed Aug. 1 after being open for a year and a half. The owners said business was too slow.

"June-July was our nail in the coffin,"  said Chef and co-owner Dan Jacobs.

Fool's Errand aimed to be a neighborhood restaurant serving comfort food.

Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, two of Milwaukee's top chefs, also operate the American Chinese restaurant Dandan and the tasting menu restaurant EsterEv, also in the Third Ward.

Jackson Grill, at 3736 W. Mitchell St., has closed for good. Known alternatively as a steak house and a supper club, the restaurant had been open for 20 years on this quiet south side corner.
Jackson Grill, at 3736 W. Mitchell St., has closed for good. Known alternatively as a steak house and a supper club, the restaurant had been open for 20 years on this quiet south side corner.

Jackson Grill

3736 W. Mitchell St.

This steakhouse — with a supper club vibe — closed for repairs March 3, and then on March 28 the owner announced it wouldn't reopen. Co-founder Heidi Schmidt blamed high prices for meat, produce and power, as well as difficulty finding workers.

The classic neighborhood restaurant had been open for 20 years.

Josh Beesuh, of Beaver Dam, and Alexandra Wendt, of Greenfield, share a moment at the Loaded Slate in Milwaukee in March 2020, just as the service industry was starting to deal with the COVID pandemic.
Josh Beesuh, of Beaver Dam, and Alexandra Wendt, of Greenfield, share a moment at the Loaded Slate in Milwaukee in March 2020, just as the service industry was starting to deal with the COVID pandemic.

Loaded Slate

1137 N. King Drive

The sports bar closed June 19 after 11 years of business. Loaded Slate was a popular gathering spot for service industry workers.

"We are closing our doors," said owner Doug Daul. "That's about all I can say right now. It is kind of emotional."

The Milwaukee Ale House in the Historic Third was founded by local home brewers in 1997.
The Milwaukee Ale House in the Historic Third was founded by local home brewers in 1997.

Milwaukee Ale House

233 N. Water St.

The Ale House was a major attraction along the Milwaukee River for 25 years. It closed Sept. 11, saying its lease was up.

The Ale House was the home of Milwaukee Brewing Co., with popular beers such as Louie's Demise, MKE IPA, Outboard, O-Gii and more. The future of the brewery is unclear.

On Facebook, the Ale House said "hopefully, it’s not goodbye forever, it’s just goodbye for now," keeping open the option that a new location could arise.

Mr. Wok in Pewaukee is shown in 2017.
Mr. Wok in Pewaukee is shown in 2017.

Mr. Wok

2128 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee

The longtime Pewaukee stalwart, which had been at its Silvernail Plaza location for 33 years, closed in March when the owners retired.

Mr. Wok served the area’s only Malaysian fare along with a Chinese menu, and it was repeatedly listed on the Journal Sentinel’s “Milwaukee 50” list.

Wisconsin's only Pizza Studio, 6969 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale, permanently closed on Feb. 28.
Wisconsin's only Pizza Studio, 6969 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale, permanently closed on Feb. 28.

Pizza Studio

6969 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale

The pandemic virtually erased lunch business and cut half of the dinner business at Pizza Studio, which opened in 2018, said owner Aaron Hurvitz. PPP funds and new menu items helped it survive for a while, but it wasn't enough.

The Glendale restaurant, the only Pizza Studio franchise in the state, closed Feb. 28.

“If the pandemic never came and my establishment had solid ground to develop, the story could've been different,” he said.

"Growler fills here," says the sign at Riverwest Filling Station. The owner worked with the city to make growlers legal in Milwaukee.
"Growler fills here," says the sign at Riverwest Filling Station. The owner worked with the city to make growlers legal in Milwaukee.

Riverwest Filling Station

701 E. Keefe Ave.

Early in the pandemic, the Filling Station scaled back the menu and shifted to takeout. Then the restaurant announced that it was closing for the summer in 2022. On Sept. 27, the Filling Station said on Facebook that it was permanently shut.

The restaurant opened in 2013. The post did not give a reason, nor did owner Brian Atinsky in an interview.

"We are deeply grateful for the many years of history made at the Filling Station: from first dates ...  all the way to children being born and growing up playing in the back area!," the restaurant's post said.

A new restaurant, La Cocina Del Sur Empanada Bar, is planned for the site.

Ruby Tuesday

5320 S. 76th St., Greendale

The last Ruby Tuesday in Wisconsin closed in the first few days of 2022.

Ruby Tuesday specializes in ribs, steaks, seafood, chicken, appetizers and a garden bar. Representatives did not return calls for comment, but the restaurant chain has focused on cutting costs since emerging from bankruptcy protection in early 2021.

Sobelman’s NorthShore

10352 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon

The restaurant closed in April after seven years. "The time has come for us to focus on family and health and to be able to have a day off once a week — therefore we’ve made the decision to close Sobelman’s NorthShore after a 7 year run," the owners said on Facebook.

The original Sobelman’s Pub and Grill, a longtime Milwaukee favorite at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave. in Milwaukee, remains open.

A pedestrian passes the closed Soup Brothers on Aug. 12 in Milwaukee's Walker's Point.
A pedestrian passes the closed Soup Brothers on Aug. 12 in Milwaukee's Walker's Point.

Soup Brothers

209 W. Florida St.

The restaurant closed in July after 24 years in Walker's Point.

"In the 24 years I've been here, Walker's Point went from tumbleweeds rolling down the street to them completely redoing Second Street and adding condos and reusing the factory spaces," owner Richard Regner said.

Regner cited the struggle for staffing and customers after years of the COVID pandemic. He also said the building needed updates and he was ready to retire.

He still owns the nearby Boo-Boo’s Sandwich Shop, 405 S. Second St.,

Thai Bangkok Express

9201 W. Capitol Drive

The express restaurant closed at the end of April after five years. The owners said on their website that their lease was ending and they wouldn't renew. They didn't give a reason.

"We’ve enjoyed getting to know each and every single one of you and feel honored to have served you through the years," they said.

The original location of Thai Bangkok, 9112 W. Brown Deer Road, remains open.

Tosa Bowl and Bun closed in July 2022 at its location in the historic Wauwatosa Arcade Building. Maggio's Wood Fired Pizza plans to open at the location in January 2023.
Tosa Bowl and Bun closed in July 2022 at its location in the historic Wauwatosa Arcade Building. Maggio's Wood Fired Pizza plans to open at the location in January 2023.

Tosa Bowl and Bun

7212 W. North Ave.

The restaurant closed in late July; it opened as Venturi's Market in 1997. It drew its name from the bowling alley that used to be in the basement.

"We raised our kids here, and they both worked for us, and I think it's just time; these last few years have been kind of brutal, and we survived all of that, which is amazing, but it just came time," said Sue Venturi.

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