Water Buffalo closes, makes way for new concept

Space will house new restaurant by April

Former Water Buffalo space, photo by Google

Third Ward restaurant Water Buffalo has closed its doors after ten years of operation, but the 249 N. Water St. space won’t be empty for long as owner group Hospitality Democracy plans to open a new concept.

Water Buffalo, image by Google

The restaurant announced the closure this morning via Facebook, saying a new restaurant will open in the space by April and thanking the community for its support.

“Lots more to come on the new restaurant opening in the coming weeks, but today we’re thankful for your extended business,” the post said.

Milwaukee-based Hospitality Democracy, founded in 2000 by husband and wife duo Joe and Angie Sorge, operates six other casual dining restaurants in Milwaukee: Onesto, Holey Moley, Swig, Smoke Shack, AJ Bombers and Zaffiro’s Pizzeria.

According to its website, the company partnered with Milwaukee-based Marcus Investments, a Marcus Corporation offshoot, in 2011 to further grow the business.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer covers restaurants, retail, tourism, and sports and entertainment. She joined BizTimes in 2015, previously as an intern reporter. She earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University in 2017. When she's not on the job, Maredithe coaches field hockey and loves exploring her favorite city on earth, Milwaukee.

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