After exactly nine years in business, popular Bay View restaurant Lazy Susan (2378 S. Howell Ave.) will close its doors for good on April 8. Chef and owner A.J. Dixon made the announcement on social media and via a newsletter Sunday night.

“Nine years ago, I opened Lazy Susan,” a Facebook post reads. “And nine years to the day, I have decided for Lazy Susan to have its final dinner service. We will be closing our doors April 8, 2023.”

Here’s the full newsletter:

After nine years of sharing meals with you, I bring the unfortunate news that we have to close our doors. The recent economic impacts of a pandemic, rising costs and my own mental health have made it no longer sustainable to operate Lazy Susan. Our holiday season here was down more then expected and I get it, dining out dollars are hard to come by with the grocery store prices being high, rising cost of living and more.

I am not disappointed in what I accomplished the last nine years. I have made many new friends, helped the community, have great staff, made lists for best restaurants, and enjoyed seeing weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and showers here.

I have another chapter ahead of me, and in some shape or form, I am sure we all will connect again in it.

We would like to set a last day of service of our 9 year anniversary. So April 8, 2023 will be our last day as Lazy Susan. I have no intent on selling the name ( OR SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS!). I want to keep these memories I have with all of you as the Lazy Susan as it has come to be. ( But if you know anyone who wants to buy a turn key restaurant with a good lease and great land lord in Bay View..Wink, Wink.)

We would really like to stay open until then and perhaps have some special dinner nights or some things, and we really do need as much support as we can to keep the doors open until April 8, 2023.

Thank you all for supporting us all these years. We look forward to seeing you the next few months.

Here is Dinner for Two this Week!!!!!
Gluten Free

Course One
Squash and Chick Pea Soup-
Coconut broth, chick peas, mirepoix, butternut squash with warm spices.

Course Two
Roasted Carrots-
Bulgarian Sheeps Cheese, wilted greens, blood oranges, pomegranate molasses.

Course Three
Lamb Stuffed Cabbage Rolls-
Lambs, walnuts, currants and quinoa rolled in cabbage with tomato sauce

Course Four-
Honey Ricotta Cake

According to her bio, Dixon grew up on Milwaukee’s south side and received a culinary arts degree from MATC. After “[cooking] all over the city of Milwaukee,” she opened Lazy Susan in April 2014.

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