Bay View Hidden Gem Lazy Susan to Close

But you have until April to grab a bite there.

One of the restaurants I visited over the holidays is Lazy Susan (2378 S. Howell Ave.). We had a great meal that included Turkish carrot fritters with mango chutney, seared Arctic char with braised fennel and gnocchi in a cauliflower Bolognese sauce. With prices mainly in the upper $10s-low $20s and generous portions, I was struck by what a good value this meal was. Unfortunately, yesterday owner/chef A.J. Dixon announced her plans to close Lazy Susan this spring – on April 8, nine years after it opened.

“It [was] a tough decision,” says Dixon, reached by phone. “I need work-life balance and haven’t had that. [And] if December – and October and November – had gone better… It’s just not financially viable.” As for the post-Lazy Susan future, Dixon says she plans to stay in the industry “whether that’s advocacy, working somewhere or doing pop-ups. It’s what I know.”

Here is the news Dixon shared on the restaurant’s social media:

9 Nine years ago, I opened Lazy Susan. And 9 years to the day, I have decided for Lazy Susan to have its final dinner service. We will be closing our doors April 8, 2023. For those of you who know me, I wanted to be on the 10 year plan but, the last 2 years have been incrediably hard on me and my mental health and quite frankly my buisness two. In 2019 we had our best year, and during the begining of 2020 we were on track to just keep going. Then, a pandemic happened. At at that point my main goal was to keep my staff with income, help us all and just survive. The lasting effects of the pandemic combined with economic viablity is just really taking a toll on me. I’ve been on the verge of tears if not full out tears the last few months. I am tired, my hands hurt, I miss my kids, family, friends, and and need to take care of myself. I am really sad because I have great staff right now, met some incrediable people, and feel also like a faliure. I know, its not my fault but all circumstancial currently for me and taking care of me for once is what I need to do. Hopefully, the next few months can be the best ever. I thank all of you who have helped me, laughed with, had rose’ on the stoop with, and ate with. (And if you know anyone who wants to buy a turn key restauant in Bay View with a great lease cause selling all this off or taking it all home is going to be a pain in the ass, get at me.) I need a storage unit just for my salt and pepper shakers.. those ain’t for sale.



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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.