OnMilwaukee.com first told you about Kincaid's arrival in Downtown Milwaukee in June 2007. It opened at 1110 N. Old World 3rd St. on March 22, 2008.
Now, after only one year, the restaurant is closing.
Chef Jason Cole, a Wisconsin native, helped Kincaid's Fish, Chop and Steakhouse work its way into the Milwaukee fabric with great views of Milwaukee, a signature spot on the Riverwalk and personalized menus and local staff. But, Kincaid's corporate parent says the timing just wasn't right.
Here's the news direct from Keri Griffith a Marketing Coordinator for the parent company of Kincaid's, Restaurants Unlimited, Inc.:
"Yes, the rumor is true. Restaurants Unlimited made the difficult decision to close our Milwaukee, Wisconsin Kincaid's restaurant and our last day of business there will be March 29, 2009.
"Why? Despite our best efforts, we were not as busy as we wanted or needed to be. We continue to believe in the Milwaukee market; unfortunately, the timing just wasn't right.
"We thank our wonderful guests for their patronage and our team there will assist them in making any alternative arrangements for pending reservations. We also want to thank our outstanding employees. We notified them in advance so they would have several weeks to apply for other positions within our company or to find employment elsewhere. We recommend them highly to prospective employers! Managers who made the personal decision not to relocate will be provided severance.
"We will miss the Milwaukee community and the many friends we've made. We hope our Guests will continue to visit us at our other 57 restaurants nationwide when they have the opportunity. Although we don't have any other restaurants in Wisconsin, our Milwaukee guests can use their RUI gift card(s) at any of our 57 locations nationwide or if they contact the restaurant, a refund can be arranged."
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
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