According to a message on its website, long-running Bay View bar and restaurant Palomino (2491 S. Superior St.) is “temporarily closed for regular service.” Why? Ye olde “severe staffing shortages […] brought about by the pandemic.”

The message indicates that ownership—a.k.a. Valeri Lucks and Derek Petersen, who also operate Honeypie, Smallpie, and the recently reopened Comet—”hope to reopen Palomino next year for our normal food and bar service.”

The full message reads:

We are temporarily closed for regular service.

Due to the severe staffing shortages in our industry brought about by the pandemic, we are taking a pause at Palomino and re-focusing our teams to our other cafes. We still operate Honeypie Bakeshop at Palomino as well as our PIE Inc administrative services – so we are still here, just not making burgers and pouring whiskey for the moment.

We will be hosting private events, special dinner parties, whiskey socials and offering Palomino for private event rentals in the future. We hope to reopen Palomino next year for our normal food and bar service. For now – please visit us at our sister cafes Honeypie, Smallpie and Comet (the Hot Fried Chicken sandwich is at Honeypie). To inquire about a private event at Palomino – email us at [email protected].

Urban Milwaukee reports that employees received an email that says: “Comet and Honeypie are both so very close to being recovered from the damages of the pandemic. Moving our Palomino team over to Comet, Honeypie and SmallPie will help us to take the final steps to full recovery.”

Palomino opened in 2002. And yeah, that chicken sandwich.

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