By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 13, 2020 at 5:35 PM Photography: Kate Tydeman

Hooligan's Super Bar, a longtime staple at 2017 E. North Ave., suffered a fire this afternoon. According to myriad reports, the fire department was called to the scene just before 4 p.m. today, forcing the closure of Farwell Avenue and North Avenue within a two-block radius.

According to one early report from TMJ4, the fire department reported that no one was injured in the fire; but the building did sustain significant damage. There is no word yet on the cause for the fire.

Photos of the blaze have begun circulating on social media, including this post from Geoff Hoen.

This is some MAD Friday the 13th 2020 vibes y’all! Hooligans Milwaukee is on fire! 😩😢 Send them all the positive juju y’all & be safe out there!

Posted by Geoff Hoen on Friday, November 13, 2020


Founded in 1936, Hooligan’s has been a cornerstone of the East Side. Over the decades, it survived three ownership transitions, with one of the longest runs by John and Cindy Sidoff who took over the bar in 1980. Under their oversight, the "nickel beer and quarter shot" bar was reinvigorated with additions like live music, trivia and an expansive bar menu. In 2013, Sidoff passed the torch to his long-time general manager Mark Buesing, an employee of 15 years who got his start as the bar’s dishwasher.

The fire follows the all-too-recent news of the destruction of another beloved restaurant, the cheel, in a fire that broke out on Sunday, Nov. 8.

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.