By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 19, 2024 at 1:06 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill, 509 E. Erie St. has closed. 

Both a sign on the door of the restaurant and a message on the restaurant's website disclose the news, which took effect after service on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2024.

"It is with much appreciation for the twenty years we have been serving up deliciousness for Milwaukee, that we have decided to close the doors to Riverfront Pizzeria. What an exciting adventure it has been watching the Third Ward turn into an amazing piece of history and vibrant food culture! In fitting love, our last day open will be February 14, Valentine's Day. Thank you for letting us serve you Milwaukee..."

The restaurant has served up pizza with a view of the Milwaukee Riverfront since it was established by siblings Rich Loch and his sister, Brenda Regenfelder in 2006. In 2017, the restaurant was sold to longtime employee Arturo Napoles Carrera, who operated the restaurant for the past six years.

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.