Hello Falafel to Close and Become Catering/Private Event Space

The owners of sister restaurant Odd Duck say they will look for a new location for their vegetarian restaurant.

The owners of Bay View’s Odd Duck announced today, via press release, that they will close their Bay View vegetarian restaurant Hello Falafel (2301 S. Howell Ave.) in January and convert it to a catering/private event space under the tentative name Little Duck Kitchen. Hello Falafel’s last day of business is this Saturday, January 6. If you’re a fan of the falafel sandwiches, charred halloumi cheese with tomato chutney (yum!) or roasted carrot salad (yum2!), get in there ASAP.

But this is not goodbye to Hello Falafel, owners Melissa Buchholz and Ross Bachhuber say. They are looking for a new location, mentioning the East Side and Third Ward as possibilities. There may even be some Hello Falafel pop-ups.

Once the Howell Avenue resto closes, it will undergo cosmetic changes and then be available for booked parties of 12 to 35 people. As for catering, events can be booked for up to 150 people. The owners say their decision was determined by requests at Odd Duck to accommodate large parties, and Hello Falafel’s hop-skip-and-a-jump-away location made this feasible. 



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.