Fool’s Errand in the Third Ward Will Close at the End of the Month

The restaurant will close on July 31.

One thing I never enjoy doing – reporting restaurant closures. The dining industry is a tough business, not one for the squeamish, that’s for sure. On the soon-to-be casualty list is Fool’s Errand (316 N. Milwaukee St.), the comfort food-focused sibling to DanDan and EsterEv in the Third Ward. The last day is July 31, so you’ve got about two weeks to get in there and order some chicken fried chicken, smoked Gouda mac and cheese, burger, pork belly BLT and whatever else trips your trigger.

The question, of course, is why. Why is it closing? You could look at the parking situation on Milwaukee Street – not ideal. Then you could say, “and there isn’t a patio.” Both true. And yet… “There really is no good reason… not busy enough. [And] there have been some challenges,” says co-owner Dan Jacobs, who opened it (with partner, fellow chef Dan Van Rite) in 2021 to replace Fauntleroy, which closed after two years of life. (This was also once the home of Coquette Cafe.) Restaurants are facing major pressures post-pandemic, not the least of which is the complete depletion of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). A lot of restaurants out there are just barely hanging on.

As for Fool’s Errand, here is the statement the Dans shared with me:

It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Fool’s Errand at 316 N Milwaukee St.

 

Our Third Ward comfort food eatery will be open until July 31st. On behalf of co-owners Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite along with the entire Fool’s Errand team, we want to thank all of our wonderful guests and employees for supporting us over the last year.

 

What began as a “Fool’s Errand” that opened during the pandemic, turned into probably our favorite restaurant to eat at, serving local renditions of comfort food classics and Midwest staples.

We do not currently have plans to continue a Fool’s Errand concept, but we do have other exciting projects on the horizon! In the meantime, you can find us in the kitchen at DanDan or EsterEv. 

 

 

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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.