This Bites: The Closing of Tosa’s Irie Zulu

The culinary podcast featuring 88Nine’s Tarik Moody and MilMag’s Ann Christenson talking about all things dining-related.

This Bites (on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee) is biting on some recent news, which includes the closings of two local restaurants.

First, the the African-Jamaican restaurant Irie Zulu. The Tosa dining establishment (on 72nd and North) had been shuttered since February, and last week owner Yollande Deacon announced her decision to close it for good. Tarik Moody and I hash through the details of this and why the closing is particularly significant.

After opening locations in Walker’s Point and at Fiserv Forum, The Laughing Taco owners Justin Carlisle and Lucia Munoz-Carlisle also put a space inside East Side food hall Crossroads Collective. But after just a few months at the new Collective, Carlisle shared the news, via Facebook, that the food hall location would close May 5.  

And finally, it’s Milwaukee Beer Week, people. Which means a lot of beer. Mostly beer, but some food. On Tuesday night (May 7, 4-9 p.m.), though, there’s a cool event at Wy’East Pizza in Washington Heights – a pizza-beer dinner with MKE’s Third Space Brewing. Learn more about that.

Listen to “Irie Zulu closing, Derby weekend, and Beer with Pizza!” on Spreaker.



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.