Logan Square Kitchen, a shared-use kitchen on Milwaukee, has been the incubator for many of the local food artisans the city has come to love (and yes, that’s the proper use of the word artisan). But while LSK and owner Zina Murray have helped launch Tiny Cakes and Katherine Anne Confections, they’ve also had to spend quite bit of time wrangling with city bureaucrats.
When the kitchen first opened its doors in 2009, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) was alreading making headaches for its owners, according to a press release LSK sent today. Regulatory issues followed, including troubles with licenses and inspections. As of today, LSK has announced that they can no longer operate, and will close on June 28. In the meantime, they will try to help find alternate spaces for their artisans to operate.
It’s sad to see that the city and one of its culinary gems couldn’t compromise in a way that would keep these small businesses open. To follow the full saga, read this post on LSK’s blog, and wish best of luck to all the businesses displaced by the kitchen’s closing.