By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Aug 09, 2022 at 2:01 PM

The impacts of a tough two-year stretch are still playing out, as restaurants continue to struggle with rising costs and staffing difficulties.

Among the latest fatalities is Bonobo American Bistro, 4518 N. Oakland Ave., which officially closed its doors this past weekend.

A sign on the door of the restaurant confirms the news, stating: 

“Bonobo American Bistro has officially closed. We are currently looking for a new restaurant to occupy this space ASAP.

“We cannot thank this community enough for all the support these past few years. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please email me at Spencer@bonobomke.com.  Thank you, Spencer Stewart.”

The former North Star Bistro, which was sold to Stewart in late 2019, was rebirthed as Bonobo American Bistro, an upscale, yet family friendly concept which aimed to build on the foundations of its predecessor by providing a friendly neighborhood gathering place.

Stewart did not respond to our request for a comment on the closure. However, judging solely based on the brand’s most recent Facebook posts, the eatery was – as so many other restaurants – struggling to attract employees.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.