By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Dec 21, 2022 at 5:31 PM

A cozy spot built for noshing and conversation in West Allis is closing its doors. 

Public Table, 5835 W. National Ave. in West Allis, announced today on Facebook that it will be closing its doors on Saturday, Dec. 24 after a final brunch service.

"You! Public Table Nation!
Johnny and the team of fantastic individuals who made Public Table come to life. We love you are biggest supporters more than you will know.

Unfortunately, we will be closing our doors permanently for regular service this Saturday after brunch. Please come in tonight, Alyse and Johnny will be pumping it out the PT way. We will have one last Public Table bash next week! So stay tuned!  –Johnny!"

The restaurant, which opened in August of 2018, made a splash with its focus on sociability, community and local ingredients. A partnership with Hunger Task Force saw to it that money from diners who could afford a plate went back to assist those who didn't.

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.