‘Rule-Free’ Dining Concept to Open This Month in Walker’s Point

It will offer small plates, a raw bar and charcuterie.

A while back I mentioned a new concept in the works to replace The Laughing Taco, the Justin Carlisle-owned taqueria in Walker’s Point. It’s supposed to open this month – no exact date, but in May, I’m told.

1033 is the name (corresponding to the address, 1033 S. First St.); WACH Hospitality – whose owners also operate 2A Wine Merchants in the Third Ward – are behind this new joint. WACH’s Rob Levin and Tony Bisciglia partnered up with Carlisle, who also owns Ardent and Red Light Ramen, to offer small plates, a raw bar and charcuterie, along with WACH’s curated wines.  

Caviar at 1033; Photo by Siège Food Photo; courtesy of 1033



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It’s a small place, too – 14 seats at the kitchen counter. Their tagline is “rule-free culinary simplicity.”

“The goal is not to fit in,” says co-owner Levin.

The menu highlights mindful sourcing – raw bar choices (oysters, clams, mussels, etc.) come from small coastal farmers and are flown in overnight. The charcuterie and cheeses are coming from “high-quality” domestic producers and import partners. Rocket Baby Bakery is supplying the bread and local farms, the produce. Shareable plates include a beet salad, a bresaola toast with horseradish and pickle on salted rye, and mushroom porridge donabe – a donabe is a clay pot.

Reservations are required for dinner, offered Tues.-Thurs. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome at the daily chef’s selection happy hour – Tues.-Sat. 3-5 p.m.

Photo by Siège Food Photo; courtesy of 1033



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.