Rip Tide is closed
After nearly six years, Rip Tide, the Weissgerber-owned casual crab shack and bar at 649 E. Erie St., has closed. A sign on the door says it's "closed for the season" but a report last week said the restaurant is on the market and closed for good.
The site, adjoining Harbor Front Condominiums, is positioned at the meeting place of Milwaukee's three rivers, and is the gateway to the Milwaukee harbor. It is located at the entrance of Summerfest's southernmost parking lot.
Experiences in Weissgerber restaurants number 4 out of my top ten crappiest dining experiences in my 60 years..no surprises here..EC
The owner Hans does not have deep pockets - his daddy does. But he likes to think he is independent. He can afford to run his businesses into the ground with just a few minor inconveniences to himself... And however you feel about the food or service or atmosphere, the employees really got screwed there! Get this: He's never going to send out their last paychecks! Now there's a guy with morals.
Good riddance! I love the comment that the food was better at Long John Silvers! I went there for a birthday dinner with about 20 and only one or two of the group liked their food. It's too bad the Weissgerbers didn't put a better effort into this one.
I agree with all of these posts. Bad food, bad service, atmosphere uncomfortable and loud. The location has such promise with the view of the river and the flotillas passing by...Let's hope someone buys this place who knows how to please downtown Milwaukeeans.
I really wanted to like this place, but after 3 tries I gave up and waited for them to close. Given the indifferent service and the poor presentation of small portions of overpriced food that was always cold, limp, bland, or mushy, it was inevitable.
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