Sophie Bolich

Another Aladdin’s Location Will Close

On the heels of Aladdin's All Aboard Cafe closing, owner announces plan to shut down downtown restaurant.

By - May 23rd, 2023 02:34 pm
Site of Aladdin's City Cafe, 841 N. Broadway. Photo taken Dec. 08, 2022 by Sophie Bolich.

Site of Aladdin’s City Cafe, 841 N. Broadway. Photo taken Dec. 08, 2022 by Sophie Bolich.

Azmi Alaeddin entered 2023 as owner and operator of three restaurants. By the end of the year, just one will remain.

The long-time Milwaukee chef and entrepreneur recently announced the closure of Aladdin’s All Aboard Cafe, which was located at Milwaukee Intermodal Station. In the wake of last week’s announcement, Alaeddin notified customers via social media that the downtown Aladdin’s City Cafe is also slated to close.

The counter-service restaurant, which operates in the basement of Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building841 N. Broadway., is largely patronized by city workers. The cafeteria space is connected to Milwaukee City Hall via a tunnel, and is easily accessible from both buildings.

Aladdin’s City Cafe will continue to operate for another six months, according to Alaeddin, who said the business did not renew its lease in the space. His statement was confirmed earlier this week, when the City of Milwaukee put the space out for bid, seeking a new vendor to operate in the cafeteria.

The incoming vendor will be expected to provide a variety of breakfast, lunch, snack and quick-service items, operating every Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the exception of holidays.

The contract also notes that the city will give preference to vendors that are small, local businesses, as well as those that implement sustainability measures.

The deadline for submissions is June 20.

Even as its locations dwindle, fans of the Aladdin’s notable chicken shawarma, hummus and other dishes will still be able to get their fix at Aladdin Taste of the East/Pitaworks.

Alaeddin confirmed that he has no intention of closing the Milwaukee Public Market stall, which offers a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisine — including sweets, smoothies, falafel and several flavors of hummus.

A few blocks north, at the Zeidler building, Aladdin’s City Cafe will continue usual operations for now; a closing date has not yet been announced.

The restaurant offers a straightforward menu of breakfast and lunch items, as well as Colectivo coffee and a grab-and-go cooler.

Breakfast offerings include breakfast sandwiches (egg, turkey bacon and egg, veggie and egg), croissants, bagels (with butter, cream cheese or hummus) and oatmeal.

For lunch, the cafe serves hamburgers, hot dogs, soup, grilled cheese and an assortment of grilled focaccia paninis. Middle Eastern options, listed as Aladdin’s Specialties, include a pita grilled chicken sandwich, chicken shawarma sandwich, falafel and hummus wrap and spinach and feta pie.

Aladdin’s City Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Read Urban Milwaukee’s earlier coverage of Aladdin’s City Cafe to learn more.


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3 thoughts on “Another Aladdin’s Location Will Close”

  1. says:

    Tell us more about what’s going on with Aladdin himself – Why the closures???
    Always friendly, he was one of the first to make mid-eastern food accessible in Milwaukee, to be introduced in a Willard Romantini’s class at the Aladdin downtown location, a stellar community volunteer particularly with Interfaith . . .

  2. squid95 says:

    Also important, what will happen to Sherry? She’s the awesome worker shown in the article picture who is always so friendly and remembers everyone’s name. She’s great. Hopefully she can move to the Public Market location.

  3. aladdin1995 says:

    Aladdin’s here! Thank you for the support and comments! The owner, Azmi, is around and working around the clock!

    The City Hall complex location is up for RFP and therefore the lease may or may not be renewed at the end of the year. We are unsure on the next term.

    Sherri is a wonderful leader and team member. Her work and impact are tremendously valued at Aladdin’s. We will leave the future state at her discretion.

    We will continue to operate at our main branch inside the Milwaukee Public Market.

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