As of this week, Milwaukee has lost another classic. Chez Jacques, the French restaurant at 1022 S. 1st St., has closed. The last day of business for the restaurant was Sunday, Oct. 30.
Owner Jacques Chaumet says he's had a good run, but it is time for him to move on.
"Business has been good, excellent," he says. "But I'm not getting any younger. And I'm tired. It's time for a change. And I'm going to release my place to some of the young, new talent in the city."
He says he plans to remain in Milwaukee, but will use his newly-found free time to pursue travels around the world.
Chaumet, a native of Le Puy-en-Velay in France, opened Chez Jacques in 2001 on South 2nd Street where he became one of the first restaurants in the now-booming Walker's Point area.
In 2010, Chaumet moved the restaurant to its current location on South 1st Street, where it became known for its traditional French fare, including sweet and savory crepes, steamed mussels and classic dishes like boeuf bourguignon and coquille Saint-Jacques.
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