Explore the 3 newest businesses to debut in Milwaukee

Interested in checking out the freshest new spots in Milwaukee? From a pub to a taco joint, read on to see the newest destinations to arrive recently.

Sherman Phoenix

3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Roosevelt Grove

Photo: Tamara S./Yelp

Sherman Phoenix is a business complex.

Located inside the BMO Harris Bank building, which was burned during unrest in 2016 following a police shooting, it was designed to be a "catalyst for unity." The former bank building has become Sherman Phoenix, a high-end space that houses 29 small businesses-of-color offering food and services as diverse as their owners, according to its website.

You'll find eateries like family-owned pizza joint Sauce and Spice, the Next Level Vegans offering homecooked vegan dishes and Shindig Coffee, plus Silver Talisman, a shop with one-of-a-kind jewelry from local designers, and Embody Yoga run by Joanna Brooks, a local yogi. Check out the complete listing of businesses here

With a five-star rating out of five reviews on Yelp so far, Sherman Phoenix has already made a good impression.

Amber Z., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on Dec. 15, wrote, "Love, love, love this place! I tried the turmeric and ginger apple shot and the apple pineapple juice from Shindig Coffee—both were tasty. I also tried the pepperoni and jalapeño pizza from Sauce and Spice. It was yummy!"

Yelper Alice W. added, “What a wonderful space and concept! The vegan spot was open, and we tried the avocado BLT and greens. I am not vegan, but it turned out to be so delicious! The greens were tender and well-seasoned. And the fake bacon tastes a bit more like a salami, which I actually loved.”

It is open 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m.–8 p.m. on Sunday. 


1932 E. Kenilworth Place, Lower East Side

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Merge is a pub, offering chicken wings, burgers and more.

It is "an urban pub that celebrates art, music and food in a fun, relaxed atmosphere," according to the website. On the dinner menu, diners can find Korean fried chicken, burgers, tacos, fries and other small bites such as rice cake skewers, fried cauliflower and kimchi mac and cheese. (Here's the menu.)

It's getting positive feedback so far, with a 4.5-star rating out of 33 Yelp reviews.

Yelper Yuliya M., who reviewed it on Dec. 19, said, "This is going to be one of my favorite places to get wings! The overall concept is nice and relaxed. We got a medium order of wings, corn and cauliflower, and it was more than enough for two people. The flavors were so good!"

Jenna O. added, "Merge is the bee's knees. I've visited twice since they opened a few weeks ago and both experiences were fab. I tried the wings, the rice skewer thingies and the grilled corn—each were delicious."

Drop in: Merge is open from 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m.–midnight on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

The Angry Taco

753 N. Water St., Juneau Town

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The Angry Taco is a Mexican spot.

It features quality Mexican food with hand-made tortillas, fast. Expect options such as tacos, burritos, bowls, quesadillas, margaritas, Mexican beers and soda. (Check out the menu here.)

It's off to a good start with Yelpers, with 4.5 stars out of three reviews so far.

Robin S., who reviewed it on Jan. 21, said, "So good! My friend and I went this afternoon after looking for a new place to eat. The ground beef and steak tacos were both delicious, and the tamales were my friend's favorite!"

And Joe F. noted, "Just had some really great pollo and asada tacos at The Angry Taco. I am looking forward to trying a breakfast burrito."

Hungry? The Angry Taco is open from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)