Guide to openings, closings 2022

Summer in Milwaukee is finally here. And with that, a search for the best ice cream in town, places to have a drink and new restaurants to try.

Read on for our recent coverage of the Milwaukee area restaurant and bar scene.

For a sweet treat (ice cream and custard)

Looking for cold treats? Here are 10 Milwaukee-area ice cream, ice cream, and gelato shops to check out this summer.

Scratch Ice Cream will occupy the space now occupied by Yo Mama frozen yogurt shop, which is closing in Brookfield but plans to keep its location in Wauwatosa.

Flour Girl & Flame Pizza in West Allis is opening a new ice cream shop in the building next door. Everyone’s ice cream will include ice cream from local companies such as Purple Door, Scratch, Liv a Little, Crème de Liqueur and Sweet Tooth Grin.

Outdoor dining? We have that.

More than 30 terraces in bars and restaurants where you can eat or drink outdoors: Many bars and restaurants have some sort of patio, even if it’s a few tables on a sidewalk, so patrons can take advantage of Wisconsin’s few warm months.

Drinking and eating with a view: Here are more than 10 rooftop terraces to check out this summer in Milwaukee, from The Outsider to Central Standard. Some have views of Lake Michigan.

New restaurants, reopenings and new locations for 2022

The plating is modern at Saffron, as in this menu item, Saffron Butter Chicken.

Frankies, Supernova Coffee and Donuts are open; Reopened cafe waffle press. Frankies serves African, Caribbean and American dishes, and guests can enjoy breakfast at Supernova and Press.

Saffron Modern Indian Dining opened June 4 in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. The restaurant, in a historic brick-walled building in Cream City, combines traditional Indian flavors with contemporary plating and cooking techniques from beyond India.

Vietnamese Restaurant Hue has opened its doors in its new building in Bay View. Now at 2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., the new restaurant has a 25-seat patio with a great view.

A street scene in the Vietnamese city of Hue, filled with shops and scooters, dominates a wall at the new location of Vietnamese Restaurant Hue, 2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.  The newly constructed two-story building also has three studios on the second floor.  .

Bellis Bistro is open again at Bay View, with multi-course dinners and brunch. Popular with its customers for dishes such as fried chicken and lobster flambé, they are open Friday through Sunday and table reservations must be made online.

The Antique Indian Restaurant on the southwest side of Milwaukee is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves Indian dishes and a weekend buffet in a traditional setting.

Immy’s African Cuisine opened on the east side of Milwaukee. Immy’s has operated as a popular food truck at the Shorewood Farmers Market and at festivals, and finally has a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Bavette la Boucherie has opened a branch in the 3rd arrondissement. The new location, like the old one, has a special feature: the table where a butcher cuts meat for the restaurant or for customers to cook at home. Diners seated at the bar and some nearby tables can watch the butcher at work.

Maru has reopened on the east side of Milwaukee, serving traditional Korean dishes. Previously a sushi restaurant, they closed during the pandemic. But it’s back, this time with Korean dishes, serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

The Odd Duck restaurant has opened in Walker’s Point, with a mix of old and new. The small plates restaurant has moved to a location with more tables and a bigger kitchen. That means new menu items, from homemade charcuterie to desserts.

Do you feel indéSLICEsive? Flourchild Pizza in downtown Milwaukee is now open with takeout. Dinner orders can be placed online through the website.

Flourchild's Club Banger pizza, pepperoni with fresh and aged mozzarella and Calabrian chili honey.  Flourchild, 722 N. Milwaukee St., is accepting takeout orders for dinner starting March 3;  the dining room opens in a month.

4one4 Nutrition, a cafe offering healthy shakes and energizing teas, has opened on Milwaukee’s Lower East Side. Katy Murphy, the owner, is a native of Milwaukee and aims to create a healthy fast food alternative.

Jamaican restaurant Pepperpot opened earlier this year with table service and a bar, at 2215 N. King Drive. Pepperpot was previously a take-out-only location at 4120 W. Capitol Drive.

New to the beer and cocktail scenes

Tropic Jamaican Kitchen & Cocktails reopened mid-April, serving “elevated Jamaican bass food” like jerk chicken paninis. They hope to move Concotions to a Brady Street site.

Vendetta Coffee Bar brings its espresso and Italian cocktails to Walker’s Point. The Tosa spot, in a building with an ornate 1906 bar, serves espresso and espresso drinks, Italian pastries, paninis, beer, and wine.

The Strange Town Bottle Shop’s natural wine bar opened in May at 3rd Street Market Hall. Wines served by the glass or in-flight and bottles sold for home – both will be available at Strange Town in Milwaukee’s new food hall.

Restaurant closures in 2022

Milwaukee area restaurants that closed permanently in 2022. The Milwaukee area lost a number of restaurants in 2021 — and 2022 also saw its share of endings.

Changes in the culinary scene

Bayside’s Oh My Dog, with a larger Middle Eastern menu, is now the Kabab Shack. They are now offering new menu items such as chicken, beef and kufta skewers as well as vegan items at the Port Road take-out outlet.

Bay View’s Mothership bar has added its own food truck, called Gavilán. The truck prepares a variety of dishes, such as homemade pizzas, vegan minced cheese sandwiches and garlic noodles.

The chef of Milwaukee’s Birch is now the owner of the restaurant. Kyle Knall bought the restaurant about a year after joining the team. He made changes to Birch from the start.

A larger bar for Component Brewing is open on the south side of Milwaukee. The bar has twice as many seats, plus about 20 more seats at the tables than before.

Jake’s Delicatessen, a North Side mainstay in Milwaukee famous for its corned beef, has a new owner. It’s the first time since 1969 that former baseball commissioner Bud Selig hasn’t had a stake in the delicatessen.

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Chef-owner Adam Siegel slices focaccia for bread baskets at downtown restaurant Lupi and Iris.

New Lupi and Iris in the city center shines with Mediterranean flavors, with attention to detail. The restaurant offers Mediterranean-style cuisine, mainly from Italy and southern France.

More refined cuisine Buttermint in Shorewood has fun with the classics, and you can also: The Buttermint is a real pleasure, with dishes to marvel at in a slightly chic but light setting. Black Shoe Hospitality’s business is open in place of its closed Shorewood Blue’s Egg

AsianRican Foods is opening a restaurant on the south side of Milwaukee after previously operating as a pop-up in Snifters. The last day of service at Snifters at Walker’s Point was March 31. The family is scrambling to get their new location ready for the opening.

When Latin flavors meet bao and kushiyaki, you get Dia Bom. The new Asian-Latin fusion stand is in the Crossroads Collective food hall on the east side.

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