The South Shore is losing an institution.
South Woods is closing later this month after 42 years in business, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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Owner Larry Burss cited factors including the rising price of beef and seafood and the prohibitive expense of making the lower-level banquet room fully accessible for customers with disabilities.
It’s been an emotional week since making the decision to close, he said. “A lot of people, I’ve known for 40 years,” he said.
Burss started working at South Woods in 1974 as a dishwasher; at 16 he was cooking, and at 18 he was tending bar. In 1992, he bought the business.
Although he and his wife are closing South Woods, he’s not leaving the restaurant business.
Starting Nov. 5, he’ll manage banquets at Joe’s K Ranch, about two miles away at 4840 S. Whitnall Ave. in Cudahy.