Coquette Cafe in the Third Ward permanently closes

Operated for 19 years under two sets of owners

316 N. Milwaukee St.
316 N. Milwaukee St.

Coquette Cafe in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward permanently shut its doors yesterday after almost 20 years of operation.

The longtime French restaurant, which first opened in 1999 in the Landmark Building at 316 N. Milwaukee St., announced the sudden closure yesterday via Facebook and a current telephone recording says, “We apologize from the bottom of our hearts and we thank you for your many many years of love and support.”

Chefs Nick Burki and Chris Hatleli bought the restaurant in 2010 from original owners Sanford and Angie D’Amato. Burki and Hateli had worked at Coquette since its birth, and at the D’Amatos’ former award-winning restaurant Sanford, which is located at 1547 N. Jackson St. in Milwaukee and was purchased in 2012 by Justin and Sarah Aprahamian.

Burki and Hateli, collectively, have also worked at various Milwaukee-area establishments, including The Social, Sol Fire and Yield, which have all since closed, West Bend Country Club and Milwaukee Art Museum’s Café Calatrava. Neither Burki nor Hateli could be reached for comment.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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