By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Sep 20, 2021 at 2:51 PM

The Colectivo cafe at 2211 N. Prospect Ave., which closed on Jan. 17, is expected to reopen soon.

According to co-owner Paul Miller, the cafe will reopen the first week in October.

Despite the fact that the cafe will still be closed, The Pabst Theater Group is hosting some concerts in the Back Room in September, including Fellow Kinsman, Sleepy Gaucho on Sept. 25, Ohmme X Deeper on the 26th and Courtney Marie Andrews on the 27th.

Ticketholders should not be confused, those shows are moving forward regardless of the status of the cafe.

Not long after the East Side location closed, Colectivo said that it would eventually reopen.

The Third Ward cafe, which closed in November, has already reopened.

"The only other cafe (still) closed is U.S. Bank (building, 777 E. Wisconsin Ave.)," said Miller. "We are waiting on the return of more office workers before opening."

Read an Urban Spelunking story about the Prospect cafe building and its history .


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.