By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 08, 2024 at 12:02 PM

The Bartolotta Restaurants are getting ready to celebrate the seasonal grand opening of the Roundhouse Beer Garden at McKinley Marina, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

The celebration, which takes place on Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m., will welcome the beer garden season with a mix of blues, surf rock and funk from The Deep Blue Crew along with a giveaway of the first 100 beers of the season for free.

This season, The Bartolotta Restaurants has partnered with Central Waters Brewery and will carry eight additional beers from local breweries. 

Guests who visit Roundhouse Beer Garden this summer will be treated to a menu of shareable snacks and comfort food items, including the ever-popular Milwaukee Pretzel Company Bavarian Beast pretzel, boozy slushies, ice-cold beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests will also see the return of their favorite outdoor games, including giant-sized versions of Tic Tac Toe, Jenga, Yahtzee, and cornhole. Beginning June 3, the venue will host live music on Mondays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This season also welcomes the reopening of McKinley Beach, easily accessible from Roundhouse Beer Garden at McKinley Marina for beachgoers looking for a snack or a cold beverage. For the first time, online ordering will also be available for boaters through their website at

“We are thrilled to welcome back Roundhouse Beer Garden at McKinley Marina as a lakeside gathering place for families and friends to soak in the stunning views of Lake Michigan,” notes The Bartolotta Restaurants Owner and Co-Founder, Chef Paul Bartolotta.

“We’re especially proud of our partnership with Milwaukee County Parks, as well as with local breweries and merchants, as they not only enhance our menu with diverse local flavors, but also reinforce our commitment to the businesses that define our community.”

Beginning Friday, May 24, the Roundhouse Beer Garden will be open seven days per week, including holidays, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The beer garden is open to the public throughout the summer season and parking is free. For more information visit

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.