By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 26, 2021 at 5:45 PM

The Soup House, 324 E. Michigan St., has been a favorite Downtown lunch stop since it was founded in 2000. 

But, after 21 years, owners Ruby and Mitz Erickson have announced that they will be closing the soup restaurant after service on Thursday, Apr. 29.

The Erickson’s made the announcement yesterday on Facebook with a notice that reads:

"We are emptying our pots, setting down our ladles and closing the soup house door. This week will be our final days of service. Join us for lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Come say hi! Come say bye! Just don’t cry!

"We can't thank everyone enough for the insane amount of soup you all have eaten over the past 21 years. We have had such a blast feeding you, clowning around, talking about current events and best of all having customers become friends.

Ruby will be returning to her home Planet Saturn. Mitz will continue her surf boarding passion on the waves of Lake Michigan…”

The counter at The Soup HouseX

Guests are invited to stop in Tuesday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2  p.m. for a menu of old and new favorites including split pea, Buffalo chicken soups and Jamaican chicken stew on Tuesday; Brazilian black bean, BBQ chili and creamy tomato on Wednesday; and tikka masala, beer cheese chowder and carrot coconut curry on Thursday. Chicken soup will also be on offer each day. 

Soups are $6 for eight ounces; $7 for 12 ounces; and $8 for 16 ounces, with payment accepted by cash or venmo (@thesouphouse). Orders can be placed by phone at (414) 277-7687 for pick-up; or enjoyed onsite in the restaurant’s cheerful socially distanced dining room.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.