By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Dec 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Another restaurant will soon join the myriad eateries in Walker’s Point. Meraki, 939 S. 2nd St., will open to the public today, Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m.  

The restaurant, located between Braise and Crazy Water, has been In the works since this summer. The interior will feature leather booths, a custom stained-glass window and crystal chandeliers.

Billed as "fine dining without white tablecloths," according to former Blue Jacket chef Chad Meier, the restaurant will aim to showcase the best ingredients in preparations that are neither fancy or fussy. Meier will run the restaurant with his wife, Malissa.

Meraki, a word derived from a Greek adjective meaning "to do something with soul, creativity, or love," will feature a changing menu of internationally inspired small and large plates, including dishes from Italy and Spain. The bar menu will be separate and includes pickled vegetables and fried chickpeas alongside a rotating selection of house cocktails, a variety of taps, sake and wine.

The bar will open at 4:30 p.m. and the dining room at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For reservations for parties of 6 or more, contact the restaurant at (414) 897-7230. 

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.