By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 15, 2024 at 7:45 PM

After one year in its new riverfront location, Pizza Man has closed its doors at 2060 N. Humboldt Blvd.

The news was shared Monday evening on social media with the following message:

"Dear Valued Guests,
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the permanent closure of our restaurant on Humboldt Blvd. We have had the pleasure of serving you for the past year, and we are grateful for your patronage and support.

"We have made this difficult decision after careful consideration and deliberation. In the meantime, please visit us at our Wauwatosa location at 11500 W Burleigh Street, Wauwatosa, 53222. As always, your Gift Cards will be accepted at our Wauwatosa location as well as any future locations.

"We would like to thank our dedicated staff for their hard work and commitment over the year. Be assured that we will do everything we can to make this transition as caring as possible for our staff.

"We will always cherish the memories we have made together. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

Your dedicated Pizza Man Staff"

Over 50 years in Milwaukee

It's sad news for fans of the longtime pizza restaurant, which first opened its doors on the corner of North and Oakland Avenues in 1970. The restaurant operated on that corner for 40 years before a fire demolished the building in 2010. 

Three years later, Pizza Man returned from the ashes, reopening its doors at 2597 N. Downer Ave. in July of 2013.

In the years that followed, the restaurant expanded, opening a second location in Wauwatosa as well as a location in Oak Creek. A carry-out location also operated for a short time at the Mequon Public Market.

By 2021, after changes to operations caused a dip in sales, the iconic pizza restaurant returned to its roots, adding beloved dishes to its menu and returning to its practice of sourcing high quality Wisconsin products.

In 2023, the iconic Milwaukee restaurant made another big move, relocating the restaurant to its final Milwaukee home on Humboldt Blvd., a location that sported a picturesque patio overlooking the river.

While there is no longer a Pizza Man in the City of Milwaukee, one Pizza Man location remains in operation at The Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St., in Wauwatosa.

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.