By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 26, 2021 at 11:30 AM

There's good news on the horizon in the Historic Third Ward. The Wonderstate cafe at 232 E. Erie St., which closed indefinitely on Dec. 21 due to the pandemic, is due to reopen.

And, while a date for the cafe's reopening has not yet been announced, the brand announced a number of key changes for the cafe this morning on social media.

The cafe,  which opened in December of 2016 under the Kickapoo Coffee name (later changed to Wonderstate, in light of growing concerns over cultural appropriation), was operated by long-time Colectivo employee Scott Lucey in collaboration with Kickapoo Coffee founders Caleb Nicholes and TJ Semanchin.

Moving forward, the cafe will operate under a new name (yet to be announced),  and Lucey will take over sole ownership.

Additional information from  Lucey is expected in the coming weeks.

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.