Umami Moto to Close at end of August

Its sister restaurant, Carnevor, will move into Umami’s old space after a brief renovation.

At the end of this month, Umami Moto (718 N. Milwaukee St.)  is going to the restaurant cemetery in the sky. That will pave the way for SURG sister restaurant Carnevor (at nearby 724 N.) to – once a two-to-three-month renovation is complete – move into Umami’s digs. Carnevor will end its 10-year lease in November. Umami will “re-emerge,” as SURG’s Omar Shaikh words it, as a different restaurant still helmed by Umami head chef Israel Cruz. Umami’s last night open is August 29.

Carnevor will remain open in its existing space until the renovation of its new home is finished. In chef news, Carnevor’s longtime chef, Jarvis Williams, has been promoted to SURG corporate executive chef. Carnevor’s new exec chef will be Mario Giuliani.



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.