By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 29, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Since 1947, the Mars Cheese Castle at 2800 W. Frontage Rd. in Kenosha, has been an iconic cheese-themed destination. And thanks to a partnership with Milwaukee-based Retailworks, Inc. it will undergo additional renovations which are expected to be completed by June.

According to a release, the design will pay tribute to the family history of the destination by incorporating several interactive and photo-op stations, as well as the addition of fun medieval decorative components.

Expansion of the Mars Cheese Castle restaurant, along with the grocery, beer, cheese, gift and wine departments, is on the docket.

Additions include a long feast table in the wine department, complete with throne-style chairs and a large custom-made light fixture featuring iron and antlers. The fixture will feature a pulley system which allow the lighting to be raised and lowered. The room will be available for private parties and wine tastings, with food catered by Mars’ new executive chef.

The Mars Cheese Castle has undergone numerous renovations in the past ten years, including a new building in 2011, along with expansion in 2016 which effectively doubled the size of the iconic castle with a 21,042-square foot addition.

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.