This morning, The Bartolotta Restaurants broke ground on its new project at The Mayfair Collection at Highway 45 and West Burleigh Street.
The project will include a central kitchen surrounded by three different dining concepts: a tavern, a French café and a fast-casual restaurant.
The upscale tavern will serve pub-style fare and feature an extensive list of beers and bourbons. Intended to be a gathering place, the restaurant will include TVs for watching sporting events, an outdoor patio and an open space for outdoor games.
Reminiscent of a classic Parisian street café, the French concept will feature a zinc bar, raw bar and rotisserie, with a menu including classic French favorites like onion soup, salade niçoise and escargot. The café will be open for lunch and dinner and offer outdoor seating during the warm-weather months.
The group has also named a fourth restaurant at the Mayfair Collection — Osgood's.
Osgood's will be family friendly – a stand-alone restaurant in the style of a hot dog stand with a double drive-through, serving burgers, Italian beef, salads and custard.
The Mayfair Collection's first phase opened early last year, anchored by Nordstrom Rack. Its second phase includes the restaurants, hotel, a Whole Foods and a Pizza Man restaurant.
All four Bartolotta's restaurants are slated to open in fall 2015.
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.