By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 05, 2022 at 6:10 PM

Nicole's Third Ward Social, 333 Broadway St., has closed its doors in the Historic Third Ward.

The intimate cocktail and dessert lounge and live music venue, opened its doors in 2019 as a a collaboration between Red Elephant owner Richard Koenings and longtime industry veteran Jake Dehne. 

Dehne says the venue, which was named for his wife Nicole, was forced to shutter after the landlord refused to renew their lease.

There's a chance the venue could reopen in a new location, Dehne says, noting that he's been keeping his eyes open for an appropriate space in either Brookfield or Downtown Milwaukee.

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.