Milwaukee Independent Restaurant Coalition supports a fairer, more economically sustainable, and more inclusive restaurant and bar community in the Greater Milwaukee area. Together, the workers, managers, and owners of independent restaurants and bars work through the MIRC to have a united voice in addressing the legislative and ethical issues that affect our industry. We are farmers, artisans, cooks, trade workers, and bartenders working together to make Milwaukee a better place for everyone.

The Purpose?

Liveable wages for all workers

Career advancement opportunities

Diverse & equitable employment

Safe & healthy workplaces – including paid sick days & access to affordable health care

Environmental sustainability

Collaborative networking to support workers, manager & owners alike

One common goal…


Through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, we see clearly the precariousness of work in the hospitality industry. Small businesses need support to provide relief for their workers, especially tipped workers. Independent restaurants and bars in Milwaukee are responsible for thousands of jobs as well as contribute to the economic vitality of the city. Thus, owners and workers join together to ensure that we may continue to serve Milwaukee and its visitors.

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