Cempazuchi Comida Brava Mexican restaurant to close

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jan 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 20:57:44-05

MILWAUKEE -- The year 2016 was a rough year for some iconic Milwaukee restaurants. La Perla, Mimma's, and George Watts Tea Room all called it quits last year, and the trend of closing shop has spilled over into 2017.

A Brady Street restaurant know for its Mexican cuisine will soon serve its last dish. Cempazuchi opened its doors in 1999, and the restaurant has served as a Brady Street staple ever since.   

"Over the course of the 18 years that we've been on this street there's been lots of changes," restaurant owner Bryce Clark said.

In a post on Facebook Wednesday, Clark announced his plan to close the restaurant after nearly two decades of service.


According to Clark, his decision to close was a personal one that came after much consideration.

"The street's slowly been turning into more of a night time, restaurant, entertainment type of a street," Clark said. 

"I just feel like it's time for me to move on and find some new adventures and something different to do in my life and kind of go out on top," he continued.

But while Clark ends his restaurant venture on a high note, he said Brady Street will still remain home.


"I literally live across the street from the restaurant," Clark said.

"I own my own house. I'm invested in this neighborhood and I still believe in it," he continued.

There isn't an official closing date for Cempazuchi, but Clark said he doesn't expect to remain open beyond the end of January.

What's more, after 16 years, Trocadero, on North Water Street will also close its doors mid-January as the owners work to revamp the concept of the restaurant.

The new concept will be announced in February. 

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