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Kitt's, which pre-dates even pavement on 70th and Capitol Drive has closed, but the owners say it will reopen March 1.

Kitt's Frozen Custard stand, currently closed, plans to reopen March 1

In recent weeks, Kitt's Frozen Custard, which opened in 1952, has been closed. Now, according to a post on the stand's Facebook page, it will reopen on March 1.

The stand, 7000 W. Capitol Dr., has been closed since early February, but it's unclear why.

On Wednesday, we reported that Ald. Cavalier Johnson, in whose district the custard stand is located, learned that Kitt's may be again serve custard and burgers in the coming days.

"I haven't spoken directly to (them) but as I understand it, there is intention to reopen soon," Johnson told OnMilwaukee today, adding that the owners left a message with an aide in his office.

On Friday, this post appeared on Facebook:

Some customers noticed the business locked up tight since earlier this month and posted about it on social media. An afternoon visit early this week found the door locked and hand-written "closed" signs in the windows.

However, the phone remains in service (there is no outgoing message), and there were no posts to the Kitt's Facebook page – which hadn't been updated recently ... until yesterday – nor updates to restaurant review sites like Yelp that said it is closed.

Though initially, Kitt's – which occupies a stand built in 1952 – might have been seasonal in its early days, closed in winter, it has been open year-round for as long as anyone can seem to remember.

On the other hand, one can see how a polar vortex and a few dozen inches of snow might prove troublesome for the owner of a frozen dessert stand.

Harry Kittredge – a former service station operator – and his son John opened Kitt's Frozen Custard in 1952, its neon sign illuminating a landscape that was still largely unbuilt.

A building permit shows that like many Milwaukee custard stands, this one was opened with the assistance of Leon's owner Leon Schneider.

John ran the business himself beginning around 1960, and in 1979, his son Eugene took over the stand, which was beloved for its barbecue sandwiches, chili dogs and other food, too.

In 2000, the Kittredge family sold to Ray "Butch" Rydz, who has run Kitt's ever since in the same vintage stand that has that classic frozen custard stand look and vibe.

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