Tusk in Washington Heights Has Closed But A New Concept Is Coming

The owners plan to open something new this fall.

Tusk, a great little bar-restaurant in Washington Heights (5513 W. North Ave.), is no longer. The news came via a Facebook post from the restaurant on Aug. 20: 

Tusk would like to Thank all of our loyal customers over the past 3 years. We are closing our doors. Keep watching though something awesome may be coming our way.


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I reached owner Christine McRoberts – also the proprietor of McBob’s Pub and Grill (4919 W. North Ave.) – by email. She said diners can expect something new in the space this fall. 

McRoberts says “many things” played into the closing of Tusk, including Covid-19, but “most of all and possibly the wrong concept for the location.” As for the future, she says she plans to open a new place in that spot, with a new name, “sometime in October.  We are still in the early stages of planning so can’t say much more at this point.”

Photos of Tusk Food

Photo by Marty Peters
Photo by Marty Peters
Photo by Marty Peters
Photo by Marty Peters
Photo by Marty Peters



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.