Crafty Cow is Coming to Bay View

We can’t wait to try the Greek Freak.

Busy times for the owners of Bay View’s Bumstead Provisions: On Friday, March 31 they’re hosting their second pop-up event to offer a peek into the assortment of burgers offered at the new arm of their operation, Crafty Cow, which shares the Bumstead storefront (2671-75 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)

The pop-up (10 p.m.-midnight) introduces Crafty’s stuffed- or topped-to-the-hilt lineup of burgers. (If you’re familiar with the Crafty Cow in Oconomowoc – the partners’ first restaurant – you know how seriously they take the modern hamburger.) It’s also part of a larger initiative called The Great Milwaukee Project (an effort which involves some 21 Milwaukee organizations and businesses).

On Wednesday, April 5, Crafty Cow starts in its official capacity. That’s the first day the Bay View enterprise rolls out the Crafty menu (which will be offered right along with Bumstead’s menu of sandwiches, small bites like foie gras donuts, and larger plates such as cheese curd pierogis). Crafty’s extensive menu includes 11 signature burgers ($8-$13.50). Examples are the PB&B (pictured above, with pickles, cheddar, bacon and peanut butter) and the Greek Freak, stuffed with feta cheese and topped with gyro meat (from a smoked leg of lamb), tomatoes, red onion and housemade jalapeno tzatziki.

There are also four burgers ($12.50 each), part of the proceeds from which benefit local “difference makers” through the Great Milwaukee Project collaboration. One more bit about burgers: You can also build your own creation from some 50 toppings (avocado to pork cheeks to mac and cheese).

The sister businesses have the same hours. The kitchen for both is open daily 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Note: The entire building is handicap accessible via a lift (at building’s rear.)



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.