Longtime Restaurateur Peggy Magister Is Leaving the Business

Magister’s Crazy Water was part of the restaurant rebirth of Walker’s Point.

Crazy Water’s Peggy Magister. Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

At the end of January, Peggy Magister is selling La Dama Mexican Kitchen (939 S. Second St.), which she opened in 2020, to her longtime chef Emanuel Corona. Magister operated Crazy Water in that same Walker’s Point location for 18 years. 

“It’s time for me to go,” Magister says of restaurant-owning, adding that chef Corona created the La Dama menu and has been working with her for two decades. In 2017, Magister was part of our first Chef Roundtable and Chef Event. Diners may also remember her Cedarburg restaurant, The Fork Cafe, a spot she ran back in the 1990s. Magister says she’s ready for the next chapter, whatever that is.



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The best way to say goodbye? Stop in the restaurant for dinner.

Here is the departure news La Dama shared on its Instagram:

Peggy Magister has put her heart and soul into the restaurant business. After 30 years she is stepping away to pursue other more relaxing ventures! She wishes to thank each and every one of you for the great memories from Crazy Water and La Dama alike! Profoundly grateful for helping both restaurants survive the Covid pandemic – words can’t express how thankful Peggy is for your help, loyalty and friendship through the years. This will be her final week at the restaurant as she moves on to new adventures – please stop in to say cheers and wish her the best of luck!


La Dama will carry on under the thoughtful hand of Head Chef Emanuel Corona! After working with Peggy for more than 20 years – Chef Corona is more than ready to take on this lead role. Please continue to show him support as he continues to create the delicious flavors we have now all gotten addicted to!



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.