By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published May 27, 2020 at 8:01 AM

Right now, bar and restaurant owners in the city of Milwaukee are facing a great deal of uncertainty with regard to reopening. They’re looking for guidance from city leaders. They’re studying what other businesses in other cities have done. And they are – in almost every case – grappling with questions for which they have no answers.

Some of their big questions include:

  • Is it financially feasible to reopen when we can only operate at a reduced capacity?
  • If we reopen, will we make enough money to pay our employees a living wage?
  • How do we keep both guests and employees safe?
  • How do we offer guests a fantastic experience when we can’t operate "normally"?
  • If we open our doors, will people be ready to come and support us?
  • Should we remain closed and offer carry-out only until the community feels more comfortable with dining out?

There’s a good deal at stake. And while even the best data offers no guarantees, moving ahead with a better sense of how diners feel makes a big difference.

In an effort to help, I got a group of chefs and restaurant owners together for a brainstorming session. They shared a variety of questions they’d love to ask the dining public. And OnMilwaukee partnered with them to get the answers from you, our readers.

If you value the dining scene we have here in Milwaukee, please support local restaurant owners by taking 5 minutes to fill out this survey and provide your honest feedback. Together, we can make it easier for restaurants to make more educated decisions as the time comes for them to welcome you back.

Access the results here.

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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.