Stone Creek’s Cafe at the 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Studios to Close Nov. 15

The difficult decision was made as a result of events related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting a restaurant or cafe closing is the pits. And this year has been full of pits. This morning, Stone Creek Coffee announced on social media that it will permanently close the Radio MKE Cafe (158 S. Barclay St.) at the end of the day on Sunday, Nov. 15. The post notes that it’s the only location the local coffee roaster anticipates closing, adding that Radio MKE employees have been offered jobs are other Stone Creek cafes.

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Here’s their statement:

“Last night we announced to our team that we would be permanently closing the Radio MKE Cafe at the end of the day on Sunday, November 15th. This morning, we are sharing this news with all of you. We are committed to continuing to employ our Radio MKE Cafe team in our other cafes without cutting anyone’s hours. The decision to close this cafe has been difficult. We are proud of our collaborative work and partnership with @RadioMilwaukee over the many years since their earliest days on Vliet Street. However, the events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have brought about the necessity to close this cafe. While we will be sad to not see so many friends and guests in this space after Sunday, November 15th, we do invite you to come see us at our nearby Bay View cafe, or our downtown Factory cafe and headquarters.

We do not currently have any plans to close other cafes at this time. While the impacts of COVID-19 have been difficult, we are optimistic about the future of Stone Creek, and thank the many customers and fans who have supported us through this journey.”

The news comes just a few days after Stone Creek posted on social media that while it had hoped to open the indoor cafe seating areas to patrons, the roastee opted not to do it due to the “recent, pronounced” spike in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin.

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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.