Celebrating Savory Small Business: New Bakery Opens Downtown, As Local Restaurant Adds Second Location

I love to see small businesses open and expand in South Milwaukee!

First, welcome to Bakehouse 23 mke, which opened at 1309 Milwaukee Ave. earlier this month. Learn more here and here, check them out on Facebook. From the OnMilwaukee.com story …

If it’s been a while since you ventured to South Milwaukee, you might want to make it a point to pay a visit.

Recent years have brought numerous new businesses to Milwaukee Street, a growing Downtown strip which currently houses businesses including South Milwaukee Sausage and Meats, Immortal Toys & Collectables and Omen Subculture clothing stores along with longer term businesses like Avenue Coffeehouse.

Soon, there will also be a new spot where you can satiate your sweet tooth.

Bakehouse 23 – a retail bakery specializing in whimsical, creative sweet and savory treats – will be opening its doors at 1309 Milwaukee Ave., with a soft opening debut planned for Saturday, Feb. 11.

Behind the bakery is longtime pastry chef Sarah Mironczuk who launched the Bakehouse 23 concept in early 2022 alongside her husband, Kirk Skorlinski (also a chef). Initially, they operated out of a commercial kitchen space at the Branch at 1501 in Racine. There, she began making baked goods to sell to the public as well as wholesale accounts like Wonderland (Riverwest), Esperanza Coffee Collective (Racine) and X-Ray Arcade (Cudahy).

Mironczuk says she hopes to build on that business with her new venture, which she says will start off as a little boutique bakery where she can showcase some of the things that she loves best.

And some breaking news for one of my favorite local restaurants (and the best BBQ in the region) … Atwood Hwy BBQ Company is adding a second location on the East Side of Milwaukee. Its South Milwaukee home is at 925 Madison Ave.

Learn more here, here and here. From the Milwaukee Record …

“Atwood Hwy BBQ is all about family,” explains owners Donteah and April Morehouse. “We both learned to cook watching family members in the kitchen, and food has always been something that brings our families together. We put a lot of love into each dish we make, and it’s because when we serve food we’re really welcoming you into our family.”

That concept of Southern hospitality is referenced in the restaurant’s name. Atwood Hwy refers to a highway in Tennessee where Donteah spent time growing up. April worked at her father’s restaurant in Nashville, and both she and Donteah emphasize that guests will feel like they’re in the South when they take the first bite.

“Good food helps people connect and feel at home with one another,” remarks Donteah. “It’s not fussy or overcomplicated. We’re just creating a place where our customers get to know us, where they know that our staff is excited to see them, and they feel the love that goes into every bite.”

“Atwood Hwy BBQ is an exciting addition to our food hall,” comments Paige Hammond, General Manager of Crossroads Collective Food Hall. “Our customers have been asking for it, and there’s no better duo than April and Donteah to bring good Southern barbecue to Milwaukee’s East Side.”

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