By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 06, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Chef Andrew Miller, executive chef at Salotto Zarletti, has announced that he’ll be making an amicable departure in the coming weeks to embark on a new venture, a restaurant called Merriment Social.  

The new restaurant, which Miller will launch with currently unnamed partners, will be located at the space at 240 E. Pittsburgh St. that formerly housed Prodigal Gastropub.

According to Miller the restaurant will serve an eclectic contemporary menu featuring a variety of seasonal items which will be delivered to customers via dim sum-style service.

Although the menu will not be Asian-inspired, "various carts and trays will be circulated through the dining area throughout service," says Miller.

A tentative menu showcases items including snacks (like chicharones, charcuterie and cheeses), seasonal soups and small plates, along with salads, sandwiches and large plates featuring a variety of meat and fish dishes.

Miller says the spot – which should be open later this summer – will be open for dinner six nights per week, and will also serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Miller, whose experience includes opening Tony Mantuano’s restaurant at the Art Institute in Chicago, as well as executive positions at Kishwaukee Country Club, Hom Woodfired Grill and Salotto Zarletti, has both a culinary degree from the CIA as well as an accounting degree from the University of Northern Illinois.

Watch for details as they become available.

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.