Way, way back in 2018, Fort Collins, Colorado-based marijuana-themed restaurant chain Cheba Hut announced plans to set up shop in Milwaukee. Now, during a particularly harsh time when we all need the chain’s “toasted” subs more than ever, it seems those plans are coming to fruition.
A license application filed with the city indicate that Cheba Hut plans to open its first Milwaukee location at 2907 N. Oakland Ave. The East Side building is the former home of Blaze Pizza. Before that, it was a Five Guys. Before that, it was a Chin’s Asia Fresh. Before that, well, our memory gets a little fuzzy. Anyway, it’s next to Good Land Wing Co. and across the street from Oakland Gyros and that new Cousins.
“We will be selling fast-casual food and non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks,” reads the license application. As for food, Cheba Hut plans to offer those highly touted “toasted” subs, along with salads and “munchies.”
An opening date of May 1, 2021 is listed on the application. Hours will be 10 a.m.-midnight Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The company’s history reads thusly:
Cheba Hut is a “Toasted” sub concept that has been curing munchies since its start in 1998. Founder Scott Jennings decided to showcase the harmony between great tasting food and … well, a very specific counter-culture. The menu features over 30 signature sub sandwiches, as well as a variety of Rice Krispy treats, salads and munchies. Most locations also offer craft beer bars that feature local beers from neighborhood breweries.
Cheba Hut made its first Wisconsin appearance in 2013, when it opened a location in Madison. In 2018, it announced its intention to open four to six new locations in Madison and Milwaukee, with three to four in Milwaukee alone.
“Milwaukee deserves Cheba Hut,” Marc Torres, chief operating officer, said in 2018. “The city is full of loyal, hard working people. That’s who we are, and we connect well with those kinds of folks.”
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