Brady Street’s Cempazuchi Restaurant to Close

An East Side institution for margaritas and Oaxacan-style enchiladas announces that it will serve its last meal in the next several weeks.

Very unfortunate news about one of Brady Street’s long-running restaurants. Cempazuchi (1205 E. Brady St.) will close “within the next several weeks,” according to a post by owner Bryce Clark on the Mexican restaurant’s Facebook page.

Clark’s post is accompanied by a behind-the-bar photo of him and his late partner Sal Sanchez Jr. They opened Cempazuchi 18 years ago this April. When they opened in 1999, Clark wrote that it was with the “hopes that people would come to understand and appreciate the great and varied culinary cultures of Mexico.” To be sure, the vibrant two-room space is one of the few local Mexican places to offer more elaborate Oaxacan moles (like the fruit-based Manchamantel).  It also serves one of the best margaritas in town. Its impending closing is sad news indeed.

As for Clark’s plans, he wrote that it’s “time to seek out new adventures, take time to see more of the world, and see what else might be out there.”



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.