By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Dec 21, 2015 at 4:30 PM

According to a notice in the Milwaukee Journal, Dave Baldwin, founder and long-time operator of Milwaukee’s spy-themed bar and restaurant Safe House, has died.

Baldwin – who retired this summer at age 85 after over 50 years running the iconic Milwaukee venue – passed on Sunday, leaving behind a James Bond-filled legacy in the form of passwords, secret doorways and creative cocktails.

Because of Baldwin’s retirement, the Safe House was sold to the Marcus Corporation in June. Under its management, the restaurant has seen the beginnings of changes to its menu as well as the introduction of additional craft cocktails and other beverages.

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.