Carnevor, the popular steakhouse owned by Milwaukee’s SURG group, will soon have new digs. The restaurant, which has operated at 724 N Milwaukee St. for the past ten years will move into the space at 718 N. Milwaukee St., currently occupied by Umami Moto.
Umami Moto will remain open through Aug. 29; Carnevor is expected to transition to the new location at the end of November after renovation of the space is completed.
Owners Michael Polaski and Omar Shaikh stated they could not come to terms on the new lease with the landlord so they have decided to move the popular restaurant to a new site.
"Carnevor has become a flagship for SURG and we are excited to renovate the new location giving our steakhouse an updated space," says co-owner Mike Polaski. "Moving to this spot makes perfect sense; In addition to our large wine cellar already located there, the close proximity to the original restaurant will allow all guests to easily find the new venue."
SURG plans to utilize its new banquet space The Garden for all Carnevor private dining and wine dinners. Smaller parties will be reserved at Distil in its private space The Vault.
As for the fate of Umami Moto, SURG is currently working on a new project that will be headed up by Umami Moto’s executive chef, Israel Cruz. The concept will be more focused on American-style cuisine, with Asian flair. The location for the new concept has not yet been announced.
In the meantime, Shaikh says the goal will be to find homes within the company for current employees during the transition.
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