By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM

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Late last week, both the restaurant world and the Milwaukee community suffered another loss to the coronavirus.

Gloria Robinson, co-owner of Nino’s Southern Sides, passed away from complications of COVID-19. The news was shared by her husband in a post that’s been shared fairly widely on Facebook.

Robinson opened Nino’s Southern sides at 4475 N. Oakland Ave. with her husband Odell and Valerie Daniels-Carter in December of 2014. The following fall, Daniels-Carter opened Nino’s Express, a satellite location at 3070 N. Martin Luther King Dr.

I did not know Gloria well. But the occasion on which I did meet her was memorable. I’d called the restaurant ahead and stopped in to interview her for an article. I arrived without expectation, but what I experienced was true grace. She was welcoming and kind. She greeted me with a hug and bid farewell the same. She made me feel like family.

I was not the only one. In a world where we can only mourn losses and celebrate lives through videos, phone calls and social media, the community has done well in offering insights into Robinson’s character, her love for people and her talent for making everyone feel loved and welcome.

Here are just a few of those posts.

Rest in peace, Gloria. Milwaukee will miss you.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.