By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Sep 24, 2020 at 7:01 PM

In these tough times, businesses are grappling with uncertainty. In some cases, that uncertainty – paired with any number of additional factors – requires them to make the tough decision to shutter, either temporarily or permanently.

To keep you apprised, we’ve created a list of bars and restaurants which have closed their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have made the decision to close (hopefully temporarily) for financial or safety reasons. Others have reached the point where they must close permanently.

While preventing every closing is a near impossible task, we can all do our part by patronizing our favorite establishments, purchasing gift cards and merchandise, and doing all we can to provide them with enough income to make it through these hard times.

Here is our list of restaurants which are open for carry-out, dine-in and patio service.

Temporary closures
Permanent closures

Temporary closures

2801 S. 5th Ct.
Effective: Aug. 1
Duration: Temporarily closed

Blackbird Bar
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Effective: July

Duration: Temporarily closed

Comet Cafe
1947 N. Farwell Ave.
Effective date: July 5
Duration: Closed for the foreseeable future

Fuel Cafe - Riverwest
818 E. Center St.
Effective date: July 12
Duration: Closed for the foreseeable future

Soup Otzie's
3950 S. Howell Ave.
Effective date: June 3
Duration: Temporarily closed

732 E. Burleigh St.
Effective date: March 30
Duration: Closed for the foreseeable future

Permanent closures

AJ Bombers - Mayfair Collection
11340 W. Burleigh St.

Closed: effective July 

Ale Asylum Riverhouse
1110 N. Old World 3rd St.

Closed: effective July 15

The Angry Taco
753 N. Water St.

Closed: effective date unknown

Bavette at the Mequon Public Market
6300 W. Mequon Rd.

Closed: June
The Third Ward location remains open.

Beans & Barley at the Mequon Public Market
6300 W. Mequon Rd.

Closed: June
The East Side restaurant in Milwaukee remains open.

Bella Cafe
189 N. Milwaukee St.
Closed: effective May

Between the Lakes
N50 W34959 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee
Closed: effective May 19

Blue's Egg - Shorewood
4195 N. Oakland Ave.
Closed: effective April 14
A new concept is being planned for the former breakfast and brunch spot.

Bowls at the Mequon Public Market
6300 W. Mequon Rd.

Closed: June
The Walker's Point location remains open

Crawdaddy’s Roadhouse
9638 W. National Ave., West Allis

Closed: effective May 28

The Farmer’s Wife
6533 W. Mitchell St., West Allis

Closed: effective May 31

316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 269-9908
Closed: effective July 18 

Fire on Water
518 N. Water St., Milwaukee
Closed: effective June 30
According to their farewell post on Facebook, Fire on Water is "hoping to have a proper send off so stay tuned for more information on that."

16065 W. Bluemound Rd.
Closed: effective July

Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub - Downtown
1203 N. 10th St.

Closed: effective Sept. 6
The Tosa location remains open

Johnny V’s Classic Cafe
1650 S 84th St., West Allis

Closed: effective May 27
The restaurant hopes to reopen in a new location.

Murf's - Waukesha
1345 S. West Ave. â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹
Closed: effective Aug. 4
The Brookfield location remains open​.

Oak & Shield Gaming Pub
600 E. Ogden Ave.
Closed: effective September
Board Game Barrister shops at Mayfair Mall, North Shore and South Milwaukee remain open

411 E. Mason St.

Closed: effective Aug. 17

Pizano's Pizza & Pasta
1150 N. Water St.
Closed: effective July

Samano's Mexican Restaurant
3431 E. Plankinton Ave., Cudahy
Closed: effective June  26

Smoke Shack - Mayfair Collection
11340 W. Burleigh St.
Closed: effective July

Up and Under Pub
1216 E. Brady St.
Closed: effective Sept. 27
The bar is "currently looking for a place to move,” according to owner Tim Brodersen.

Walt's Sandwich Place
10600 W. Bluemound Rd.
Closed: effective May 27

The Wooden Goose Cafe
1556 W. Mequon Rd.

Closed: effective Aug. 2

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.