By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants, has died.

According to information from The Bartolotta Restaurant Group, Bartolotta "passed away peacefully in his sleep with a smile on his face last night at the age of 60. Joe is beloved by the Milwaukee community for his hospitality heart, generosity and love of all. The family asks for privacy at this time. More information will be shared as it is available."

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.