By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Oct 14, 2015 at 4:53 PM

For the ninth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants ofPotawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2015."

According to a Westown Association newsletter published today, the rooftop space at the Hyatt Regency, formerly known as Polaris, will re-open soon after closing for renovation earlier this summer.

The new space, located on the 20th floor of the hotel at 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., is currently unnamed. However, the hotel launched a renaming contest for the space this summer, and there are plans to announce the new moniker in the upcoming weeks.

Polaris opened its doors in 1980, and for nearly 30 years it offered diners an ever-changing panoramic view of the city and Lake Michigan as it rotated, making one revolution every 70 minutes. The restaurant closed in April 2009 and was converted to an events-only space.

Beginning mid-month, the renovated space will once again serve as an excellent location for weddings, galas and meetings. Starting at Thanksgiving, the hotel will also host holiday brunches in the space for the general public. Sadly, the Hyatt has reported that – although the restaurant still has a stellar view – it will no longer spin.

The new rooftop space is currently accepting reservations. More details and specs will soon be available on

Watch OnMilwaukee for additional details as they develop.

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.