By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer 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

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.