With the longer days, a steady wave of festival announcements, and Bob Uecker’s voice on the radio, it’s beginning to feel a lot like spring in Milwaukee. The season technically started nine days ago, but something was missing. That’s no longer the case: Nite Owl (830 E. Layton Ave., 414-483-2524) is officially open for the 2022 season starting at 11 a.m. today.

Today, the beloved drive-in and timeless airport-adjacent haunt ended its hiatus that spanned much of fall and the entirety of winter. We called the business and an answering machine message confirmed today was indeed the opening day for the South Side mainstay that’s been in business for close to 75 years.

“We will be open for the year starting Tuesday, March 29th at 11 o’clock,” the message begins. “This will be carryout only—telephone or window service. You may call ahead for takeout orders. Thank you very much. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you for our 74th year.”

Rejoice, Milwaukee. Spring is here and Nite Owl is back in business!

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.