Jonathan Klug, original owner of Crawdaddy’s in West Allis, has died

Leaves legacy of 25-year culinary career

Jonathan Klug, original owner of Crawdaddy's. Courtesy of Crawdaddy's Roadhouse, Facebook

Last updated on March 1st, 2020 at 02:14 pm

Local chef and restaurateur Jonathan Klug died Tuesday, at the age of 51.

Klug was chef and co-owner of Crawdaddy’s Roadhouse and longtime chef and owner of the original Crawdaddy’s, both in West Allis.

His wife, Lety Klug, shared the news Tuesday afternoon via Facebook.

She said Klug dedicated his life to family, his three sons Jose, Victor and Joshua, and had a “great passion for cooking.” She described him as “a great father, husband, chef, wonderful human being.”

Klug and his restaurant concepts have long been known for Cajun and Creole food. He opened the original Crawdaddy’s in 1995¬†at South 64th Street and West Greenfield Avenue.

The restaurant relocated in 2018 to South 94th Street and West Greenfield Avenue, but closed shortly after. About a year later, Klug opened Crawdaddy’s Roadhouse at 9638 W. National Ave.

The 94th and Greenfield site is now home to an unaffiliated restaurant, Crawdaddy’s on Greenfield, owned Troy Meyer.

Klug graduated from the culinary program at Waukesha County Technical College, and was a member of the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Milwaukee.

The organization memorialized Klug on Tuesday with a Facebook post: “We all learned about Cajun and Creole cooking from Chef and it seems like he won’t let us forget Fat Tuesday anytime soon. Rest in Peace Chef,” it reads.

Crawdaddy’s Roadhouse is closed Wednesday and Thursday in honor of its late owner. The restaurant will reopen Friday.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.