Fuel Cafe on 5th is Now Open for Business

If you’re a fan of the 24-year-old Riverwest location, you’ll want to check out the new Walker’s Point warehouse spot.

The much-anticipated Fuel on Fifth ‒ the Walker’s Point sibling of the 24-year-old Fuel Cafe in Riverwest ‒ is in the throes of its first (soft) week in business, opening weekdays for breakfast at 8 a.m. The cafe and full-service restaurant/bar occupy a 5,500-square-foot warehouse on 630 S. Fifth St. The café, open daily at 6 a.m., offers a full menu of coffee drinks and baked goods (cookies, cupcakes, empanadas) baked on-site.

The restaurant opens on weekdays at 8 a.m. for breakfast (open for brunch on the weekends). 

The space definitely bears the cool, exposed pipes/industrial stamp of an old warehouse, combined with Fuel-apropos painted signage. Café seating includes communal tables on the mezzanine (seen in the photo below).

Cafe area at Fuel on Fifth

Seating in the dining room ranges from the bar to booths. The lunch/dinner menu is casual and comfort foody, with specialty plates like chicken biscuit pot pie and “hot dish” (a.k.a, a casserole of ground brisket, carrots, peas, and more topped with hash browns and a poached egg) and house favorites (like steak frites) topping out at $15.

Other disparate lunch/dinner offerings: oysters on the half-shell, a smoked fish and homemade pickle board, Nashville hot wings, kale Caesar salad, lobster roll, toasted cheesy tomato (with upgrade option to Fuel’s trademark Buttafuoco sandwich), a couple of burgers, and a creation called The Gatsby ‒ a riff on the street sandwich (popular in Cape Town, South Africa) whose fillings include bologna, roasted sirloin and French fries on a baguette ($5-$14).  



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.