By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Aug 18, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Chin's Asia Fresh, 2907 N. Oakland Ave., has closed.

According to a sign on its door, the Asian fusion restaurant closed for good yesterday. An employee who answered the phone said the franchise's owner did not want to renew the restaurant's lease, and the area's other location in Brookfield is closed, too.

She said that Chin's Madison restaurants remain open. The chain also operates a restaurant in Minnetonka, Minn.

Chin's Asia Fresh arrived in Milwaukee in spring of 2004, while the Brookfield location opened in 2002.

Also reportedly closing is the Harlequin Bakery in the Third Ward.

Owned by Sanford and Angie D'Amato and adjacent to their Coquette Cafe, at 316 N. Milwaukee St., Harlequin is slated to close on Friday.


Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.