Meraki in Walker’s Point to Close On August 8

Meraki is closing its doors soon. Hopefully, it’s just temporary.

Meraki owner/executive chef Chad Meier seasons a dish. Photo by Chris Kessler.

As the economic effects of COVID-19 continue, the Walker’s Point restaurant Meraki (939 S. Second St.) has announced by email that it is closing.

Owner/executive chef Chad Meier says he “can’t, in good conscience,” keep his business open. The closure takes effect on August 8. Here is Meier’s statement about the closing:

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To our Meraki friends, and valued guests: Due to the growing concerns surrounding Covid 19, and the extent  the effects have on our industry, Meraki has decided to temporarily close on August 8th. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to offer outdoor dining and understand that guests are very reluctant to dine in at this time.  We value each person that walks through our doors and want to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone. We will be monitoring the COVID situation to determine when we may be able to reopen safely for both our staff and our guests. We will remain open through Saturday, August 8th to be able to say “see you soon” to our favorite guests and to honor any outstanding gift cards. We will continue to offer dine in or curbside service and also offering bottles of wine and batched craft cocktails for carry out [until August 8]. Thank you all for your understanding and support!

For fans of everything from the okonomiyaki pancakes to the Korean smoked brisket to the terrific Bar Bites menu, you have a little time to support this business. And it needs your support. I am holding on to the word “temporarily” in Meier’s statement. I would hate to see this restaurant go away for good. Check out Meraki on Facebook for updates on the menu. 

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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.