Timing not right for Kincaid's
OnMilwaukee.com first told you about Kincaid's arrival in Downtown Milwaukee in June 2007. It opened at 1110 N. Old World 3rd St. on March 22, 2008.
Now, after only one year, the restaurant is closing.
Chef Jason Cole, a Wisconsin native, helped Kincaid's Fish, Chop and Steakhouse work its way into the Milwaukee fabric with great views of Milwaukee, a signature spot on the Riverwalk and personalized menus and local staff. But, Kincaid's corporate parent says the timing just wasn't right.
Here's the news direct from Keri Griffith a Marketing Coordinator for the parent company of Kincaid's, Restaurants Unlimited, Inc.:
"Yes, the rumor is true. Restaurants Unlimited made the difficult decision to close our Milwaukee, Wisconsin Kincaid's restaurant and our last day of business there will be March 29, 2009.
"Why? Despite our best efforts, we were not as busy as we wanted or needed to be. We continue to believe in the Milwaukee market; unfortunately, the timing just wasn't right.
"We thank our wonderful guests for their patronage and our team there will assist them in making any alternative arrangements for pending reservations. We also want to thank our outstanding employees. We notified them in advance so they would have several weeks to apply for other positions within our company or to find employment elsewhere. We recommend them highly to prospective employers! Managers who made the personal decision not to relocate will be provided severance.
"We will miss the Milwaukee community and the many friends we've made. We hope our Guests will continue to visit us at our other 57 restaurants nationwide when they have the opportunity. Although we don't have any other restaurants in Wisconsin, our Milwaukee guests can use their RUI gift card(s) at any of our 57 locations nationwide or if they contact the restaurant, a refund can be arranged."
I visit Milwaukee often and was hoping to get to dine at that Kincaid's. It's a shame that Kincaid's closed in Milwaukee in terms of revilaizing your downtown area. In Minneapolis we consider Kincaid's ranked up there with some of our best steakhouses. The St. Paul Hotel sends many guests to this fine establishment, so much of this type of infrastructure plays a part in all their success. We can dine and afterwards take in a show with a short walk through Rice Park to the Ordway Theater. Milwaukee may have missed out on an excellent opportunity to build up that area for now, hope another establishment comes in to that space for you.
The main reason I never went here is the place did not stand out to me. I could see the sign from my living room window and when visiting their website, it just looked like another restaurant. It appeared to be a nicer Applebee's/Chilis/TGI Fridays. And while it's easy to "cheer" this as another chain going away, Milwaukee can maintain a good combination of chain and independent restaurants. That is a decent spot. Let's hope someone moves in soon and can make it work.
It's because of the huge increase of sub par places like this in our city that has temporaly hurt the buisness of our strong local establishments. Just like out in the wild only the strong will survive. And to the folks who don't like the "Good riddance" remarks. Lost jobs or not . Maybe if these Restaurants did'nt have the "Just good enough" food and service they would'nt be closing.
I think it's really sad that anyone would be glad to any business close in this kind of economic climate.
What a shame. I bet a lot of money went into that place. Good food. I agree with someone else on here--this place has been bagged on for being "corporate" since before they opened! I am a newbie to this town, but I have never seen such a negative, hostile, let's-see-what-crumbles-next culture of people. What a miserable group.
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