By early 2020, Lucky’s Spitfire had hit its stride as a new fast-casual concept in the area. The restaurant had opened its first two locations over the course of 11 months, and then landed several corporate catering gigs in the region.
Much of that business was lost when the COVID-19 pandemic emptied office buildings, but Lucky’s managed to secure a few catering opportunities in recent months.
Meals are now served boxed-lunch-style, with a pre-packaged signature bowl, cookie and soda. For one client, orders were dropped off in a couple 45-minute shifts to accommodate limited cafeteria capacity.
“It takes more coordination and staff, but the flexibility of being able to do that has helped us,” said Lucky’s owner Andrew Jacobsen.
While Lucky’s closed its Kenosha restaurant due to the pandemic, the business recently expanded into a new market: downtown Milwaukee. It opened a vendor stand earlier this month at the food court inside the Eleven25 at Pabst building.
[caption id="attachment_519002" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Lucky’s new 800-square-foot space in Milwaukee is equipped with a large back kitchen, ideal for fulfilling catering orders once downtown activity returns.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_519000" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Poke is a newer addition to Lucky’s eclectic menu. The popular Hawaiian-inspired seafood is served as a bowl or a wrap with all the fixings.[/caption]