By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Apr 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

The owners of the Milwaukee Ale House and North Star American Bistro announced a joint venture today. On May 2, the North Star team will take ownership of the Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton and will run the kitchen operations of the flagship Ale House in Milwaukee's Third Ward.

According a statement, the new venture allows Milwaukee Ale House founder and owner Jim McCabe to focus solely on the growing craft brewing operations of the Milwaukee Brewing Company (MBC), and expanding the brewery's production facility in Walker's Point.

MBC will continue to provide craft beers at the Ale House.

"Combined, the partnership between our operations is much greater than the sum of its parts," said McCabe. "The Ale House is well-known for serving a delicious variety of craft beers, and the expertise North Star Bistro brings to the table will bring a whole new level of freshness, quality, and local pride to its food offerings."

"Milwaukee Ale House has an established reputation for great beer and a fun atmosphere, and North Star is recognized for its quality food and service," said Mike Stoner, operations director of the North Star team. "Bringing those elements together will elevate the experience of our guests at the Ale House."

North Star Bistro has locations in Shorewood and Brookfield.