By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 07, 2017 at 10:07 AM

After spearheading the launch of the three Bartolotta-managed restaurants at the Mayfair Collection, Zach Espinosa will take on a new challenge as head chef for Mr. B’s, A Bartolotta Steakhouse, at 18380 W. Capitol Dr.

The news comes with the departure of Chef Dane Baldwin, who has been a part of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group since 2004. During his tenure, he held posts at Bacchus and Harbor House, before joining the team at Mr. B’s in early 2014.

The change, which will take effect in late February, will capitalize on Espinosa’s 14 years of work with the Bartolotta restaurants, including his knowledge of both culinary and operational functions and expertise in seafood, which he honed during his years as executive chef for Harbor House.

"We are excited to have Zach join Mr. B’s," says corporate chef Adam Siegel, "We are confident he can lead the kitchen to continued success, and we thank Dane for the time and talent he has provided to our company."

The Mayfair Collection restaurants, which include ABV Social, Café Grace and Taqueria El Jefe, will continue under management by the Bartolotta-trained team.

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.