Ginger Tapas Bar at 235 S. 2nd St. in Walker's Point is closed.
The Journal Sentinel broke the news earlier today, indicating that the closure was precipitated by the pending sale of the restaurant. Neither of the owners were available for comment at the time of this article.
According to an application for liquor licensure filed with the City of Milwaukee today, the owners of the new restaurant are Adriel and Kamonte McFarlane, who filed under the name Likkle Jamayka, LLC.
Adriel McFarlane confirmed intentions to take over the Ginger space this afternoon, indicating that the proposed restaurant would serve Caribbean food. However, she declined to provide further details at this time.
The license application does indicate the desire to host live entertainment in the venue (instrumental musicians, bands and DJs). It also lists hours that would be consistent with both lunch and dinner service.
Ginger, which opened in 2008, was owned and operated by Rose Billingsley and Julia LaLoggia, who also operated Stonefly Brewing Company in Riverwest. Former tenants of the space included Barossa, a restaurant LaLoggia operated with partner Deanne Wecker, and the Dish night club.
Watch OnMilwaukee for details as they develop.
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.