Who Really Owns It: Smoke Shack building in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward

Smoke Shack, located 332 N. Milwaukee St.
Smoke Shack, located 332 N. Milwaukee St.

Sandwiched between two tall brick buildings on Milwaukee Street in the Historic Third Ward is a small tavern-style building, a bit unusual for a neighborhood filled with redeveloped former warehouses.

Milwaukee developer Robert Joseph bought the building in 2010, thinking it would make for an interesting restaurant or office spot. Working with Hospitality
Democracy and Flux Design, he completely gutted and rebuilt it in part using reclaimed materials from an old barn – a contribution from one of Flux’s owners. Hospitality
Democracy now operates the Smoke Shack there.

“It was a lot of fun to be a part of that project because it was so tastefully done,” Joseph said.

But the best part about owning the building? “The baby back ribs,” he said.

Address: 332 N. Milwaukee St.
Owner: 332 Milwaukee LLC, registered to Robert Joseph
Assessed: $572,100

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Alex Zank, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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