By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Traditional supper clubs have always served to accentuate the classic, down-home comfort and hospitality residents of Wisconsin prize.

With the popularity of supper clubs on the rise, it's no surprise that the Bartolotta Restaurant Group will pursue classic dining ventures in both northerly and southerly directions, beginning late this summer.

According to an announcement made today, Bartolotta will establish modern supper club venues in the former Riversite space at 11120 N. Cedarburg Road, and in the current location of Harmony Inn the Village, 5601 Broad St. in Greendale. The locations will open approximately six weeks apart with a planned opening for the Greendale supper club in late August and Mequon in mid-September.

Although plans have not been finalized, the décor, menu and name for both restaurants will be the same and will rely on traditional supper club elements including classic cocktails, relish trays, traditional prime rib and signature ice cream drinks.

"Growing up and living in Milwaukee most of my life, I enjoyed frequent visits to many great establishments which created memorable evenings for my family," said Joe Bartolotta, president and co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants. "We're looking forward to embracing a traditional Wisconsin supper club experience with a casual hometown atmosphere, comfort foods, classic beverages and of course, service you would expect in any of our venues."

The venue located in Mequon will feature approximately 130 seats and a private dining room accommodating up to 50 people and the Greendale location will feature approximately 200 seats with several private dining rooms. Both locations will offer dinner, Sunday brunch and outdoor patio dining. Corporate Chef Adam Siegel will lead the culinary team with each location's executive chef to be named in the coming weeks.

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.