DanDan’s Owners Are Opening a New Restaurant

The restaurant is opening on April Fool’s Day but it’s not a joke!

A new dining establishment is coming to the Third Ward, courtesy of chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite. The owners of DanDan (360 E. Erie St.) will open Fool’s Errand in the space formerly occupied by Fauntleroy (316 N. Milwaukee St.). The opening is slated for Thursday, April 1. The duo closed Fauntleroy in July 2020.

Their new concept will focus on “indulgent comfort food,” according to a press release, with dishes including a BLT made with thick house pork belly, steak Diane, matzo ball soup, chicken liver toast, a patty melt, potato pierogies and fried chicken.


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The interior will undergo a light refresh, including the addition of wall coverings featuring various scenes of a snipe (a mythical creature referenced in a specific fool’s errand called a snipe hunt). The snipe will be a prominent visual representation in the restaurant.

On March 19, Fool’s Errand will offer limited to-go orders on Friday and Saturday nights. Reservations can be made on the website

The restaurant will open for full dinner service Thurs-Sat and Sunday brunch. Reservations can be made on Tock.


Wedge Salad; Photo courtesy of Fool’s Errand

Fish Fry; Photo courtesy of Fool’s Errand

BBQ Ribs; Photo courtesy of Fool’s Errand

Crabcakes; Photo courtesy of Fool’s Errand

Snipe logo; Photo courtesy of Fool’s Errand



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.