Reopening of Milwaukee Ca’Lucchenzo, Sanford and EsterEv restaurants

On Fridays, the pasta specialist Ca’Lucchenzo reopens his patio for dinner in Wauwatosa. And the limited number of seats inside will resume in summer for the first time since March 2020.

During the winter, the restaurant, located at 6030 W. North Ave., only offered take-out. From April, he suspended deliveries to prepare for the reopening.

This included installing a new ventilation system – sped up by the pandemic – with high filtration and an improved exchange rate for fresh air, co-owner Sarah Baker said. The restaurant has also given the patio a makeover.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are recommended and can be made at To contact: (414) 312-8968.

Meanwhile, Stone Creek Coffee opened places in its cafes, and Ian’s Pizza opens its dining rooms on avenues North and Juneau.

And the drive-thru take-out line is gone at Donut Monster, 5169 N. Elkhart Ave. in Whitefish Bay, which has welcomed guests indoors for the first time since the pandemic lockdown. All you have to do is enter (wearing a mask) between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

By the way, the current seasonal donut is stuffed with strawberry and rhubarb and glazed with brown butter. The rest of the range of donuts and breakfast sandwiches is available Facebook and Instagram.

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Look ahead

From June 11, the Sanford gourmet restaurant, 1547 N. Jackson St., will serve four-course dinners only ($ 80 per person) with new and classic menu items as choices for each course. The dining room will be open from Tuesday to Saturday.

Book by phone from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, (414) 276-9608; they can be prepared up to a month in advance. Valet parking will be available for a $ 10 fee applied to the check.

The start of Sanford’s second phase of reopening is expected on July 6, when the “surprise” tasting menu returns, as do Monday hours. Seating and the drinks menu should then expand. The third phase, when the à la carte menu returns, is to be determined, depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

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EsterEv, Dandan's tasting menu restaurant in Quarter 3, will be back on June 25.  Instead of common tables, it will have separate tables for each part.

The EsterEv tasting menu restaurant, inside the Dandan Restaurant at 360 E. Erie St., will return on Friday and Saturday evenings starting June 25 – with a few changes. The restaurant has been on hiatus since January, aside from a take-out dinner for Valentine’s Day.

EsterEv clients will be seated in Dandan’s semi-private dining room instead of his previous hidden room. Co-owner Dan Jacobs said the room will be redeveloped and the two communal tables that can seat 10 diners each will be removed in favor of separate tables for each party.

“It seems appropriate” given the pandemic and any lingering reluctance people have to eat closely with strangers, Jacobs said, wondering if the pandemic would mean the end of communal meals.

Dinner includes 10 courses for $ 95, plus a 20% service charge. Reservations plus a deposit of $ 50 per person are required; the deposit applies to the final invoice. Book at

And from this week, the Tandem, 1848 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., handed over the reins of its free community dining program to Upstart Kitchen, 4323 W. Fond du Lac Ave. The Tandem will then begin to prepare for the reopening at the end of the summer, said chef Caitlin Cullen.

Contact food critic Carol Deptolla at [email protected] or (414) 224-2841, or through Sentinel Food Journal & Home page on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter at @mkediner or Instagram at @mke_diner.

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