A New Restaurant Is Opening in Lazy Susan’s Location

Local food truck, Heirloom MKE, is moving into the Bay View spot.

Heirloom MKE has major brick-and-mortar plans. The food truck – known for its farm-to-truck ethos – has been offering dishes like steamed mussels and crab cakes (not what you’d typically associate with street food) outside local breweries and bars since 2020. Owners Jess and Pete Ignatiev originally were hoping to open restaurant back then but, well, COVID. Now it’s finally going to happen. Jess posted the news on Heirloom’s social media.

The couple will take over Bay View’s Lazy Susan (2378 S. Howell Ave.), with plans to open this summer, according to the post

Back in January, Lazy Susan’s owner/chef A.J. Dixon announced her plans to close the 9-year-old restaurant this April. When I spoke with Dixon shortly after, she said the decision was difficult but ultimately financially necessary. 

As for Heirloom – featured in our June 2022 Summer Guide – the owners say the food truck will also remain part of the business. But you can read it directly in their post below. I hope to get more details soon for a followup story. 

ARE YOU READY FOR US BAY VIEW?! We are so happy to announce that Heirloom MKE will be moving into Lazy Susan’s space this summer! While we are so FREAKIN excited to bring Milwaukee another side of Heirloom MKE, we are sad to see Lazy Susan, a Milwaukee treasure go. We are honored AJ is passing the torch to us and we know we have big shoes to fill, but we promise to continue to lead with passion and our hearts.
What does this all mean for Heirloom MKE? This means Milwaukee will get to see another side of us, from fresh handcrafted cocktails, never-seen-before Heirloom dishes, as well as the Heirloom classics. Even better yet, you get to sit down and HANG OUT WITH US.
What does it mean for the Heirloom MKE food truck? It means you’ll have TWO locations to grab some Heirloom! Our food truck will continue to bump around the city and beyond serving it up like we have been since day one.
What do we need from you? Your continued love and support while we make this transition. We want to make sure we make these changes the right way and that will take time and patience while we hire a bigger crew, work even harder, and MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
All of the positive vibes and energy, send a bit of it this way!
But most importantly, WE LOVE YOU MILWAUKEE!! We would have never made it this far without all of you that continue to show up and give us your smiles that fuel our drive. Can’t wait to write this next chapter with all of you.
All the love,
Jess & Pete



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.