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Coronavirus update: Restaurants and bars closed in the Milwaukee area because of COVID-19 concerns

Coronavirus update: Restaurants and bars closed in the Milwaukee area because of COVID-19 concerns



The impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and efforts to rein in its spread by maintaining social distance and avoiding unnecessary contact, has led to a growing list of closings and reductions in service at restaurants, bars and taprooms in the Milwaukee area.

In other Midwestern states, closings are being ordered wholesale. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all bars and restaurants in the state closed as of 9 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday; carry-out orders will still be allowed. Meanwhile, in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday ordered all bars and restaurants in the state closed to dine-in customers by the end of Monday’s business day. 

Here’s a running list of the affected locations in Milwaukee.

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Lakefront Brewery: Closed until further notice. 

Good City Downtown: Location at 333 W. Juneau Ave. closed until further notice; the original Good City brewery and taproom, 2108 N. Farwell Ave., still open.

Sprecher Brewery: The Glendale brewery suspending tours and events beginning March 16.

Centro Cafe, 808 E. Center St., and Bar Centro, 804 E. Center St.: Closed March 14 to reconfigure closely spaced tables; expected to reopen in a few days. 

Stone Creek Coffee: Closing its 13 cafes in Milwaukee and Chicago as of 5 p.m. March 16, through at least March 30 (company will continue to supply wholesale customers and e-commerce orders). 

Colectivo: Closing all in-cafe seating and moving to only “to-go” takeout service for food and beverages. All transactions will be cashless and touchless. 

Press. Waffles: Closing its cafe at 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 104, in the Marshall Building and halting mobile operations as of March 16 until the coronavirus risk passes. “We are in the business of social gatherings, and encouraging them at this time seems irresponsible to us,” the company’s announcement on social media said in part. 

Vanguard: The Bay View restaurant said on Twitter Sunday that it decided to close: “We hate closing our doors, but we have to think of the safety and health of our staff and loyal customers.”  

Odd Duck: On Instagram Sunday, the restaurant said it’s closing March 16-17 to “regroup and rewrite our menus to include take-out options as well as dine-in”; the Bay View restaurant has not had take-out options before. 

Company Brewing: Closed its dining room in Riverwest until further notice but will offer takeout.

Boone & Crockett: The bar at 818 S. Water St. said it was closing for a few days to resanitize and regroup, with a reopening date to be announced.

Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern: The Brewers Hill restaurant at 234 E. Vine St. is suspending in-house dining indefinitely as of March 16, but will take phoned-in orders for takeout from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays. Pickup and payment with credit card at the side door. 

Mekong Café: The restaurant, 5930 W. North Ave., is closing its dining room indefinitely as of March 16, indefinitely, but will provide carryout, curbside pickup and delivery of online orders. Because of school closings, the restaurant added $3.50 children’s lunches 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday to Friday. 

Brandywine: The Cedarburg restaurant at W61-N480 Washington Ave. has closed its dining room indefinitely but plans to launch a family-meal takeout option with online ordering. 

Starbucks: Stores in the United States and Canada will operate strictly as to-go cafés for two weeks, the company announced Sunday. Some stores in “high-social” areas such as malls and universities temporarily will close altogether. Customers still will be able to order at the counter and drive-through, and order ahead on the app.

Goodkind: The restaurant at 2457 S. Wentworth Ave. will close its dining room for an unspecified length of time starting March 16 and plans to begin offering takeout. “We wanted to be the little restaurant that could, but it’s become clear for the health and safety of everyone everywhere, it’s time to close our doors and hunker down.”

Voyager: The bar at 422 E. Lincoln Ave. in Bay View is temporarily closed; the reopening is to be determined but expected to be at least two weeks.

Ca’Lucchenzo: The restaurant and pasta-maker at 6030 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, said Sunday it would close for a couple of days while it shifts to offering takeout, including by way of “car hop.” 

Cactus Club: The Bay View bar and music venue closed March 15 until further notice.

Colectivo Coffee: Starting March 16, the roaster’s cafes will sell all its food and beverages to go only; seating areas will be closed. Payment will be cashless and touchless, by way of Colectivo app, Apple Pay or credit card.

Burnhearts: The craft beer and cocktail bar at 2599 S. Logan Ave. in Bay View will close March 16 until a date to be determined, likely about two weeks.

Celesta: The vegan restaurant at 1978 N. Farwell Ave. is closing its dining room but will have curbside pickup and delivery as of March 17.

Anodyne Coffee: The roaster is shifting to carryout only at all of its cafes as of March 16 and is shortening some cafe hours. The Walker’s Point and Wauwatosa cafes will close at 2 p.m., and the Bay View cafe, which serves pizza, will close at 7 p.m.

Piet Levy and Kathy Flanigan of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report. 

This list will continue to be updated. 

If you have information on a restaurant closing, please send it to mjs-jsfeat@gannett.com.  

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