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 started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.