Comet Cafe Will Reopen Next Week!

This beloved restaurant is orbiting back to life.

Lots of you have been hanging on for this news (I know I have) – the reopening date of Comet Café (1947 N. Farwell Ave.). Here it is: Thursday, June 9 at 9 a.m.

The popular East Side den – which closed in 2020 due to the financial strains of the pandemic, then co-owner Leslie Montemurro said at the time – announced its resurrection plans last fall. For the past several months, new owners have been busy bringing this beloved spot back to life. The new parent company is Pie Inc., and that makes Comet a sibling of Honeypie, SmallPie and Palomino.

For the time being, Comet will serve breakfast, lunch – and pies! They hope to open for dinner in July, Val Lucks, founding partner of Pie Inc., tells me.

And yes, some old menu faves are back, such as the compact turkey dinner ($17), meatloaf with beer gravy ($17) and the Friday fish fry ($18). Breakfast items include a vegan scramble ($13), breakfast burrito ($15), bacon pancakes ($8 for one; $13 for two) and commuter (scrambled egg-cheddar) sandwich ($12). For appetizers, your choices include Comet poutine ($16), vegan chili cheese fries ($15), tofu wings ($15) and spinach artichoke dip ($14). The wedge, a Caesar, a sprouted lentil are among the salads ($15 each). The sandwich lineup ranges from the artichoke melt ($14) to the cheesy roast beef ($14) to the Big Luck burger ($16) to vegan schwarma ($15)

For dessert, there will be a pie case of offerings from Honeypie Bakeshop. Flavors will change; slices are $7 (fruit) and $7.50 (cream). You’ll be able to order whole pies for pickup at Comet, as well.

The hours: Wed-Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (food) – with the bar and pie service continuing until 5 p.m. When evening hours kick in, food will be served until 10 p.m., with the bar staying open until midnight.

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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.