Sources who know the owner, Mr. Bobby Head, say the space is "temporarily" closed. I'll continue to update the story as I get more information.
At 9:30 p.m. Friday evening, one of Milwaukee's hottest nightspots, Soho 7, was vacant. No lines and no DJ. Doors closed, for lease sign on the side of the building and when we tried to call the phone number -- no answer.
Indeed, it appears that Soho 7, 231 E. Buffalo St. is closed.
2008's "fashionable addition" to the Historic Third Ward, Soho 7 was a cool and popular lounge, and a transformation of a former furniture store. For what it's worth, I liked the place and always had a good time there.
Bobby Head, a former owner of Water Street's swanky Centanni Piano Bar, conceived the idea for Soho 7, and as OnMilwaukee.com's Julie Lawrence wrote in 2008 "clearly spared no expense on this latest endeavor, which he explains as "New York-conceived, Miami-nourished and Milwaukee-born."
I've attempted to call Soho 7 several times, sent e-mail and Facebook messages. None were returned.
Several people have said they heard Soho 7 was closed/closing, and while I don't have confirmation from Mr. Head the "for lease" sign is an ominous sign. I did, by the way, leave a message at the phone numbers on the sign. No return call yet, but I did get an e-mail that read "No answers for you but 2189 square feet at $12.00/square foot equates to $2,189.00/month for 'rent.' That would seem to me to be absurdly cheap for this finished space."
If it's over, rest in peace - you'll be missed. If it's not, hopefully someone will get back to me, we'll report the full story right here on OnMilwaukee.com and there will be time for another cocktail, or two, at Soho 7.
I guess to answer my own comment I left last - just received a public notice in the mail from the city for application of liquor license for "BTW Lounge" at that location. Looks like the new concept is set to open soon.
I am curious to see what the owners intend to do with Soho in terms of a tweak to the style and concept, but in my opinion the bar has been questionably run since the GM and Bar Manager left to start their own bar (Ten Bells in Walker's Point) late last year. Hopefully Soho can find good people to fill those spots when the owners are ready to reopen.
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