Bay View’s Palomino Is Closed – For Now, At Least

Owners say staffing issues are to blame for the closure.

First, the impending closure of Fool’s Errand. Now this one is down for the count: Palomino (2491 S. Superior St., Bay View). Since the pandemic, restaurants have been getting hit from all sides. You’ve undoubtedly heard about the staffing issues in the food & bev industry. Val Lucks, co-owner of Palomino’s parent company Pie Inc., says that is precisely what is to blame in this case.

“We are having an impossible time finding cooks,” Lucks says.

From what I’ve been hearing, they’re not alone.



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Lucks says for the time being, Palomino will open only for special events and dinners like the upcoming Peach Social With Tree Ripe Fruit Co. on July 27. Pic Inc. still has its offices – and runs its bake shop – out of the Palomino space. In spring, Lucks says they will assess the hiring situation and go from there. 

Pie Inc. also runs several other businesses – Honeypie, SmallPie and Comet Cafe, which recently reopened following a two-year pause. After taking ownership of Comet, Pie Inc. kicked off breakfast and lunch hours back in June. And starting Wednesday, July 27, the hours will change to Wed-Sun 9 a.m.-9 p.m. – so dinner will be back soon!



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.