Iron Grate BBQ Is Closing After 8 Years

There’s still a little time to get one last Milwaukee Rib before the restaurant closes.

Today’s restaurant sad news concerns Iron Grate BBQ (4125 S. Howell Ave.), the Milwaukee smoked meat emporium known for the Milwaukee Rib. Owner Aaron Patin announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page that it would shut down after eight years in business. The last day of business is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20.

Patin had opened his original brick-and-mortar location (shared with Hawthorne Coffee) in early 2016, moving it to its present spot in 2017.

Besides the signature Milwaukee Rib – a special cut of spare rib with the belly attached – Iron Grate is known for beef brisket, pork belly burnt ends, pulled pork and hot ham, which you can order in combos (meat and side) or by the pound. You have just two weeks left to partake. Hours will be: Thurs-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.



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Patin – whose background included working as a chef for SURG Restaurant Group, Ardent Restaurant and Stone Creek Coffee – shared some of his Q-ing insights in this June 2021 story

Here is part of his Facebook post: 

8, a very special number

After 8 years of firefillled nights, we will be closing our doors after service on 11/20/22.

I am fulfilled with joy of what we were able to accomplish in an old boy blue stand. Iron Grate grew beyond what everything I had dreamed. Cooking and sharing for everyone has been the utmost rewarding experience. I have led wonderfully dedicated people to take their own charge and make their impactful contributions to our dedication.

Thank you for letting us be a place for you to gather and letting us in your homes.

8, a very special number

We will have 8 remaining services.

We will be open Thursdays-Sundays the next two weeks.

Come say farewell as we make our last batches and fires.

If not, please share a memory for our keepsakes as a team…




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.