By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Jan 05, 2021 at 3:02 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

Bartolotta Restaurants
Mr. B's Steakhouse - Mequon
Rumpus Room

Effective: April 1
Duration: Temporarily Closed

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

Blackbird Bar
3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Effective: July

Duration: Temporarily closed

Buck Bradley's Saloon & Eatery
1019 N. Old World 3rd St.

Effective: December
Duration: Temporarily closed

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

Dream Dance Steak
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

1721 W. Canal St.

Effective date: March, 2020
Duration: Temporarily closed

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

Hooligan's Super Bar
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230
hooliganssuperbar.com
CLOSED DUE TO FIRE 

Duration: unknown

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

View MKE
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 763.0003
Effective date: Nov. 18
Duration: Closed for the winter

Permanent closures

ABV Social  - Mayfair Collection
11200 W. Burleigh St.

Closed: effective Dec. 28

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

Applebee's 
624 W. Holt Ave.
Closed: effective August

AT JJ's Bar and Grill 
W62 N559 Washington Ave., Cedarburg

Closed: effective Aug. 15

Bakers Square Restaurant and Bakery
15300 Bluemound Rd., Elm Grove

Closed: effective Dec. 9

Bakers Square Restaurant and Bakery
10200 W National Ave., West Allis

Closed: effective June 22

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

Cafe Grace - Mayfair Collection
11200 W. Burleigh St.

Closed: effective March

the cheel
105 S. Main St., Thiensville, (262) 236-9463
thecheel.com
Closed: effective Nov. 9
The restaurant closed due to a tragic fire;  owners hope to rebuild.

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

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

Ferch's Malt Shoppe & Grill
5636 Broad St., Greendale

Closed: effective Oct. 10

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."

Fuddruckers
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.

Matteo's Italian Ristorante
608 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha

Closed: effective Oct. 12

Murf's - Waukesha
1345 S. West Ave., Waukesha
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

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

Pizza Man - Oak Creek
7974 S. Main St.

Closed: effective Jan. 1

Rec Room Craft Co.
219 S. 2nd St.

Closed: effective Nov. 17

Rogue's Gallery
134 E. Juneau Ave.

Closed: Effective Dec. 31

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

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

Stone Creek Coffee
158 S. Barclay St.

Closed: effective Nov. 15

Taqueria El Jefe - Mayfair Collection
11200 W. Burleigh St.

Closed: effective Nov.

Trysting Place Pub
N71 W12980 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls

Closed: effective Sept. 29

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.

Walker's Point Music Hall
538 W. National Ave.

Closed: effective Nov. 17
Hopes to re-open in new space someday: GoFundMe.

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.