A Classic Diner Will Open in Walker’s Point on Oct. 26

Don’s Diner & Cocktails (opening in the old c.1880 space) will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday.

I sense a trend. While Sweet Diner has brought a very un-dinery look and vibe to the Third Ward, Don’s Diner & Cocktails is offering up its “classic diner you crave” theme ‒ but without a more modern aesthetic ‒ in Walker’s Point (in the former c.1880, 1100 S. First St.). D-Day opens Friday, Oct. 26. Don’s is owned by the same hospitality group, Stand Eat Drink, that runs Movida and Hotel Madrid.

The kitchen’s focus is on “flavors and techniques” that transcend the 1950s diner style. Breakfast items include gravlax Benedict with house-cured salmon, truffled eggs, corned beef tongue hash, French toast bake and “piggies in a blanket” (bacon pancakes with homemade streusel on top), $9-$13.  And this is a B-L-D diner with a drink menu of “shakes, shots and cocktails” and mid-day and evening menu items like a diner steak, burger (with choice of adding foie gras), chicken pot pie, a Reuben sandwich and market-price blackened fish ($9-$18-ish).

Shakes are available in “boozy” and “classic” flavors such as a Wisconsin old fashioned and Golden Cadillac. There’s a selection of beer and wine, as well as cocktails (mimosas, bloody marys). Also, Don’s will feature rotating diner specials. 

By the way, who is “Don”? He’s the grandfather of SED partner Aaron Gersonde.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7 a.m.-11 p.m. 



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.