Rupena's closed its Milwaukee Public Market location at the end of February.
Market officials tell me that they are close to finalizing a lease deal for a vendor to take the Rupena's location.
Rupena's opened its market location in November 2008, and did a good job with its blend of butcher shop items and grab and go. Its hamburger was a great deal and really, really tasty.
Yet, since the space lacked seating and counter space it never did a good enough job (in my humble opinion) showcasing its many breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Rupena's great meats and grocery items are still available at its main location, Rupena's Fine Foods at 7641 W. Beloit Rd.
I'll update this blog when new vendor information is available.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
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