By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 30, 2019 at 12:01 PM

The past few months have incited a variety of questions about the future of Irie Zulu, the African and Jamaican restaurant located at 7237 W. North Ave.

Owner Yollande Deacon initially closed the restaurant this winter to accommodate a series of repairs stemming from frozen pipes inside the walls of the building. The repairs took longer than expected and resulted in the need for a significant amount of cosmetic work to be done on the interior of the space.

In a phone conversation with Deacon today, she indicated that – after months of looking for someone to assist her in operating the restaurant – she has sold the concept to new owners as a turn-key restaurant.

According to Deacon, the new owners are finalizing operational details; however, they expect to reopen the restaurant by early summer, likely with a new concept.

Deacon, in the meantime, plans to refocus her energy on speaking engagements, product development and consulting under her own personal brand.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for additional details as they become available.

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.