owner of Carnevor, one of the sleekest restaurants in Milwaukee, a
charitable citizen, and a devoted husband and father of three, living
Once you’ve been an ultimate fighter and competed in the mixed
martial arts form which entails no-holds-barred bouts in a confined
space, figuring out customers’ needs is, well, a piece of cake.
Shaikh describes ultimate fighting as, "A technical sport; it’s
like a chess game for two talented fighters. What separates them is
After high school, Shaikh left Wisconsin for Los Angeles, where he
learned to fight and supported himself in a variety of restaurant
business jobs. He returned in 1997, earning a degree in international
business from Cardinal Stritch University.
Sitting in the elegant Carnevor restaurant, he reveals that he
tried the corporate existence, but, "I could not sit in a
cubicle." When it comes to restaurant design, he has cosmopolitan
tastes. Shaikh has chosen to create his empire on Milwaukee Street in
the block between Wisconsin Avenue and Mason Street. He opened,
operated, then sold Sake Tumi prior to opening Carnevor.
You can anticipate Shaikh adding other interesting concepts to
Milwaukee’s dining scene. He has plenty of ideas and it’s obvious
there are lots of people who want to be in his arena.