The transition has already begun for a pending transfer of management and operations oversight for the Mayfair Collection restaurants at 11200 W. Burleigh St. including Osgood’s, ABV Social, Cafe Grace and Taqueria El Jefe.
The changes were prompted by the dissolution of the management agreement brokered between the Bartolotta Restaurant Group and Chicago-based Phoenix Hospitality Group, which will take full effect on Nov. 1.
The restaurants were developed under a partnership between the two groups during which Bartolotta’s agreed to develop the restaurant concepts, design their look and feel, and establish operations for the four new restaurants.
"We are very proud of the restaurant concepts we developed and our partnership with Phoenix Hospitality Group, and we are excited to see the continued development of the Wauwatosa area," said Joe Bartolotta in a written statement on the split.
"As a company, the Bartolotta Restaurants will shift focus to our new projects in the fine dining and catering areas: the opening of Mr. B’s in Mequon and the Italian Community Center in Downtown Milwaukee."
Meanwhile, Phoenix Hospitality is gearing up to continue providing the consistency and quality of service that The Bartolotta's established.
"We at Phoenix Hospitality are much appreciative of the assistance the Bartolotta Restaurant Group has provided since the inception of the restaurants," said John Mangel, chief executive officer of Phoenix Hospitality Group. "Now is the moment we look to the outstanding talents within the team to advance to the next level."
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