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A year of Milwaukee restaurant openings and closings in review

From c. 1880 closing to the monumental opening of the Sherman Phoenix, we're talking about a year in review for Milwaukee's restaurants.

Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine’s foodie, Tarik Moody, discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites. This Bites is supported by Society Insurance.

Read more and listen to the podcast below to hear more about our highs and lows of Milwaukee dining in 2018.

The 2018 Milwaukee dining year in review

When one restaurant closes, another opens. That was the case in 2018 when c. 1880 closed and Don's Diner & Cocktails opened in its place. Or, did you forget that all happened last year? We almost did. That's why Ann put together this article in Milwaukee Magazine keeping track of the openings and closings we saw in 2018. So here are the changes that you might have forgot that our dining scene has seen in the last year:

Snack Boys opened. Yokohama closed, but Merge opened in its place. View MKE opened in the old Wolf Peach. Milwaukee got two new food halls: Crossroads Collective and the Sherman Phoenix (which is really more than a food hall). Uncle Wolfie's Breakfast Tavern and the Tavern at Turner opened. Coquette Cafe closed, but Fauntleroy opened. Sze Chuan opened. Water Buffalo closed and Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria opened. Brady Street welcomed Kompali. Bay View welcomed Belli’s Bistro & Spirits, but said goodbye to Juniper 61. The Third Ward got Char'd, but lost Swig. And the East Side got another vegan spot, Celesta.

We were sad to see a lot of these restaurants go, but are looking forward to trying (and revisiting) all of these new options in Milwaukee. And as always, if you want to help keep a restaurant you like from closing—go eat there!

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee