Adriatic Fresh Seafood & Steaks
11200 W. Burleigh St.
The restaurant, in the Mayfair Collection, closed Aug. 15, just six months after its official opening. The Mediterranean-style restaurant featured an open kitchen.
The owners, Ben and Kika Saliu, said they were never able to ramp up business because of a lack of staffing and the soaring costs of food and supplies.
The Saliu brothers have two other restaurants still serving: Golden Nest Pancake & Cafe at the Mayfair Collection and Sunview Restaurant in Beaver Dam.
Benno's Genuine Bar & Grill
7413 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis
Marty and Suzie Weigel closed the business June 5 after 41 years, saying they're ready to retire and travel. The bar-restaurant was known for Benno Burgers, Friday night fish fries, Super Tacos and craft beer.
Mayor Dan Devine signed a proclamation declaring June 7 to be Benno’s Genuine Bar & Grill Day in West Allis and presented a plaque to the Weigels.
The couple lived above Benno's, and they plan to sell it, once they find a new place to live.
The Brown Bottle
221 W. Galena St.
F Street Hospitality, which owned The Brown Bottle since 2020, closed the restaurant on Aug. 15. No reason was given.
Schlitz Brewing started the restaurant — in what is now Schlitz Park — in 1938, and in recent years it had closed temporarily and then reopened. Crestlight Capital of Detroit and TPG Real Estate of Fort Worth, Texas, bought Schlitz Park in 2019, closed the restaurant and then worked with F Street to reopen it.
Butch's Pub and Eatery
9140 W. National Ave., West Allis
The pub was the last in a series of restaurants operated by Bernard "Butch" Schettle, He turned 80 this year and has retired.
The pub closed in June after seven years and was quickly bought by a two customers and reopened as Henry Flach's, a steakhouse.
Egg & Flour Pasta Bar, Tosa
6700 W. State St., Wauwatosa, inside Metcalfe's Market
After opening in 2021, this location of Egg & Flour closed in February. Chef-owner Adam Pawlak cited the coronavirus pandemic, inflation and staffing shortages.
Pawlak said the closure would allow him to focus on his other restaurants and other opportunities.
Egg & Flour locations in Crossroads Collective food hall on the east side and in Bay View remain open.
316 N. Milwaukee St.
The Third Ward restaurant closed Aug. 1 after being open for a year and a half. The owners said business was too slow.
"June-July was our nail in the coffin," said Chef and co-owner Dan Jacobs.
Fool's Errand aimed to be a neighborhood restaurant serving comfort food.
Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, two of Milwaukee's top chefs, also operate the American Chinese restaurant Dandan and the tasting menu restaurant EsterEv, also in the Third Ward.
3736 W. Mitchell St.
This steakhouse — with a supper club vibe — closed for repairs March 3, and then on March 28 the owner announced it wouldn't reopen. Co-founder Heidi Schmidt blamed high prices for meat, produce and power, as well as difficulty finding workers.
The classic neighborhood restaurant had been open for 20 years.
1137 N. King Drive
The sports bar closed June 19 after 11 years of business. Loaded Slate was a popular gathering spot for service industry workers.
"We are closing our doors," said owner Doug Daul. "That's about all I can say right now. It is kind of emotional."
Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St.
The Ale House was a major attraction along the Milwaukee River for 25 years. It closed Sept. 11, saying its lease was up.
The Ale House was the home of Milwaukee Brewing Co., with popular beers such as Louie's Demise, MKE IPA, Outboard, O-Gii and more. The future of the brewery is unclear.
On Facebook, the Ale House said "hopefully, it’s not goodbye forever, it’s just goodbye for now," keeping open the option that a new location could arise.
2128 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee
The longtime Pewaukee stalwart, which had been at its Silvernail Plaza location for 33 years, closed in March when the owners retired.
Mr. Wok served the area’s only Malaysian fare along with a Chinese menu, and it was repeatedly listed on the Journal Sentinel’s “Milwaukee 50” list.
6969 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale
The pandemic virtually erased lunch business and cut half of the dinner business at Pizza Studio, which opened in 2018, said owner Aaron Hurvitz. PPP funds and new menu items helped it survive for a while, but it wasn't enough.
The Glendale restaurant, the only Pizza Studio franchise in the state, closed Feb. 28.
“If the pandemic never came and my establishment had solid ground to develop, the story could've been different,” he said.
5320 S. 76th St., Greendale
The last Ruby Tuesday in Wisconsin closed in the first few days of 2022.
Ruby Tuesday specializes in ribs, steaks, seafood, chicken, appetizers and a garden bar. Representatives did not return calls for comment, but the restaurant chain has focused on cutting costs since emerging from bankruptcy protection in early 2021.
10352 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon
The restaurant closed in April after seven years. "The time has come for us to focus on family and health and to be able to have a day off once a week — therefore we’ve made the decision to close Sobelman’s NorthShore after a 7 year run," the owners said on Facebook.
The original Sobelman’s Pub and Grill, a longtime Milwaukee favorite at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave. in Milwaukee, remains open.
209 W. Florida St.
The restaurant closed in July after 24 years in Walker's Point.
"In the 24 years I've been here, Walker's Point went from tumbleweeds rolling down the street to them completely redoing Second Street and adding condos and reusing the factory spaces," owner Richard Regner said.
Regner cited the struggle for staffing and customers after years of the COVID pandemic. He also said the building needed updates and he was ready to retire.
He still owns the nearby Boo-Boo’s Sandwich Shop, 405 S. Second St.,
Thai Bangkok Express
9201 W. Capitol Drive
The express restaurant closed at the end of April after five years. The owners said on their website that their lease was ending and they wouldn't renew. They didn't give a reason.
"We’ve enjoyed getting to know each and every single one of you and feel honored to have served you through the years," they said.
The original location of Thai Bangkok, 9112 W. Brown Deer Road, remains open.
Tosa Bowl and Bun
7212 W. North Ave.
The restaurant closed in late July; it opened as Venturi's Market in 1997. It drew its name from the bowling alley that used to be in the basement.
"We raised our kids here, and they both worked for us, and I think it's just time; these last few years have been kind of brutal, and we survived all of that, which is amazing, but it just came time," said Sue Venturi.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee-area restaurants that permanently closed in 2022