By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 14, 2022 at 8:26 AM

After 30 years, The Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls is ending its popular fish fry.

"After over 30 years of serving up a traditional fish fry, our final day of service will take place this Friday, April 15," reads a post on the German restaurant's Facebook page.

The sprawling bar and restaurant known for its boisterous Friday fish and chicken fry is located at N56W14750 Silver Spring Dr. Fish fry has been carryout-only there since last autumn, according to Jenn Erickson, marketing director for the
United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee.

"Tomorrow is the last fish fry – carryout – and then we will no longer be doing the Friday fish fry entirely," she said.

"Like many other restaurants, we have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and labor shortages," the Facebook post continued. "We sincerely appreciate all your loyalty, friendship, and gemütlichkeit over the years. It is through our great team and loyal guests that we have had such a tremendous run.

"Our facilities will continue to be available for rentals for all your private event needs, and our German Cultural Club, United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee will continue to host their events on-site – including our seasonal Biergarten beginning on June 2nd and annual Oktoberfest the last weekend of September!"

In happier news, The Schwabenhof's beer garden season is on its way, as noted in this post:

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.