By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 25, 2020 at 9:31 AM

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., will reopen for indoor dining on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The popular French restaurant – which won OnMilwaukee's 2019 Best Fine Dining Restaurant award – will also expand its days of operation for the month of December to six days a week.

The Bartolotta Restaurants have adhered to a carefully paced reopening program, which emphasizes enhanced health and hygiene protocols for guests and employees.  

In reopening, The Bartolotta Restaurants owner, co-founder, and two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Paul Bartolotta is returning Lake Park Bistro to its roots by reimagining the restaurant as a "Haute Bistro" inspired by his experiences traveling the country of France and working alongside acclaimed chefs in a quartet of Michelin three-star restaurants. Additionally, the walls of Lake Park Bistro shall be adorned with portraits of four of history’s most innovative, foundational and iconic French chefs: Marie Antonin Carême, Georges Auguste Escoffier, Fernand Point, and Paul Bocuse.

“When my brother Joe and I first conceived Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro in 1995, it was a rustic French bistro,” Chef Bartolotta says. “Though it seemed odd that two Italian brothers would open a French restaurant, we believed it would complement the rustic Italian cuisine of our first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993."

To celebrate the reopening, Chef Bartolotta and fellow James Beard Award winning Executive Chef Adam Siegel have crafted a four-course menu allowing diners to customize their orders. Guests can choose from an appetizer, middle course, fish or meat entrée, and dessert – priced at $65 per person.

“In reopening Lake Park Bistro, we are honoring history’s great French chefs and cuisine while elevating our approach to ‘Haute Bistro’ cooking, bringing both classic recipes as well as signature dishes inspired by our travels in France. With guests taking fewer trips overseas at this time, we are excited to take them on a culinary journey to France for an evening," says Chef Bartolotta.

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, operating at 25 percent capacity in accordance with statewide guidelines.

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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.