Two Sibling Restaurants Are Shuttering, At Least For Now

Comet Cafe and Fuel Cafe hope to be back soon.

VERY UNFORTUNATE NEWS came through email today. Comet Cafe (1947 N. Farwell Ave.) and Fuel Cafe on Center (818 E., in Riverwest) – both owned by  Mojofuco – are facing some challenges. 

These are best conveyed by co-owner Leslie Montemurro, who wrote the following:




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I’m contacting you today regarding Comet Café and Fuel Café on Center Street. Please be aware that these two locations will close for the foreseeable future. Comet Café has been closed as of Sunday, July 5 and the final day for carry-out at Fuel Café on Center Street will be Sunday, July 12.  This decision was difficult, but necessary, as both restaurants have struggled to remain financially viable during the covid-19 health crisis.  We are grateful to our customers for their loyalty and support over the years and for our staff who has always worked hard to make these restaurants a welcome gathering place in our communities. Staff has been informed of the closures. We hope to resume operating at both locations at some time in the future when it is appropriate to do so.

The Fuel Cafe on Fifth Street (630 S., in Walkers Point) has not been open since before the COVID-19 crisis started. There is no word yet on when it will reopen, but Montemurro says that location will be back. More info on that to come.

Another sibling, Balzac Wine Bar (1716 N. Arlington Pl.), is back, offering dine-in and patio seating. The kitchen opens at 5 p.m. and the restaurant is offering a new menu created by its new executive chef Zachary Panoske (who has worked at Harbor House and View MKE, among other local restaurants). 



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.