By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 15, 2021 at 4:01 PM

Milwaukee is changing rapidly, as Wisconsin meets success with the roll-out of COVID-19  vaccines. It’s a moment restaurants have been waiting for. Not only does the vaccine promise to provide protection for employees; when used along with protocols like mask-wearing and social distancing, it has the potential to vastly impact the spread of the virus and speed the city’s overall economic recovery.

As a result, restaurants across the city – many of which have held back on offering indoor dining – are preparing to reopen their dining rooms at a limited capacity. And we’re here to keep you up to date on those openings as they occur.

Remember: Even as restaurants open, it’s our responsibility as a community to support their efforts by following safety protocols and respecting the rules individual restaurants have put into place. Our efforts will assist in boosting the city’s pandemic recovery and ensure that restaurants can rebuild in the aftermath of a very rough year.

Note: Although we are including current operating hours with every  entry, pease consult restaurant websites and social media for current operational hours (which are likely to change) before you head out.

As always, be safe. Be kind and respectful. And tip generously.

For a more comprehensive list of restaurants offering carry-out, curbside pick-up and indoor dining, check out our Dining Guide.

Are you a restaurant that's reopening your dining room? Send an email with pertinent details to

April 14

Company Brewing
735 E. Center St., (414) 930-0909
Company Brewing will reopen on April 14, offering a 15% discount on food for Milwaukee Art Museum members as part of the museum's neighborhood discount program.

Fuel Cafe 5th Street
630 S. 5th St., (414) 847-9580

Fuel Cafe returns to the scene on April 14 after a long pandemic hiatus. The restaurant is open for dine-in, delivery and pick-up. As for weekend brunch, they are currently accepting 90-minute reservations for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.);  you can make yours online.  If you don't make the cut and would like to get on a waiting list, you can do that online as well.  You can read their re-opening COVID-19 protocols here.

April  8

501 E. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 204-8980

Moxie will reopen on Thursday, April 8 for dine-in service. Reservations are required. Carry-out will remain available.

April 7

Lulu Cafe & Bar
2265 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-5858
Lulu will reopen for dine-in service on Wednesday, April 7. Carry-out will remain available.

April 1, 2020

The National Cafe
839 W. National Ave., (414) 431-6551
The National Cafe will reopen on April 1 with a limited menu for dine-in service.

For the safety of both employees and guests, The National will be following all current health department guidelines. Curbside pick-up will remain available. The patio at The National will also be available starting this weekend. 

Hours (for now): Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

430 S 2nd St., (414) 897-0747
Morel will reopen on April 1 for dinner service at a 50% indoor capacity. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited capacity.  Morel’s patio will also re-open in the coming weeks as weather conditions warrant.

Hours (for now): Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.

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.