New Food Reviews Restaurant Updates in the Milwaukee Area
Latest updates includes moves, grooves and grand openings happening this Spring
Belli’s Bistro & Spirits (3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) will officially open to the public on April 7. The restaurant, which resides in the space formerly known as Pastiche, is owned by Charmice Dodson. Dodson’s grandmother, Orie Bell Dodson, is the restaurant’s namesake. Orie Bell Dodson was known for “nourishing those around her, both with delicious homemade food and generosity of spirit,” the new restaurant proclaims. While Belli’s is still in pursuit of a sous chef, they have named Marco Lezameta as executive chef.
Regular offerings include appetizers like fried chicken wings with a choice of sauces including hot, barbecue, parmesan, spicy garlic or Belli’s dry rub ($10); battered cauliflower with aleppo pepper ($9); loaded French fries dusted in cajun seasoning and topped with sour cream, cheese, bacon, green onions and tomatoes ($9 per half order or $14 full order); and the elote bite, featuring battered corn fritters with four cheeses and a hint of lime ($9)…
WEEKLY SPECIALS Specials include a weekly chef’s special (currently shark), as well as Cantina Tuesdays during which the restaurant features $12 taco plates, $5 tequila mixers and half-price bottles of wine. Happy hour takes place Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. and features $5 burgers, two-for-one rail drinks, $5 loaded fries, $3 imports and $2 domestic beers.
Belli’s Bistro & Spirits will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Saturday and Sunday brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mor Bakery & Cafe in Bay View
Gluten-free eaters will now have “mor” options in the Bay View area. Mor Bakery & Cafe (2018 S. 1st St.) is slated to open in Mid-April. The business’s owner, Traci Morgan-Hoernke, had to shelve her business plans following the recession in 2008, but has now returned to the industry with the mission of making gluten-free goods that don’t taste gluten free. The bakery’s name comes from the Swedish word for mother, and also follows Morgan-Hoernke’s belief of having “more happiness, and more foods that are nourishing and delicious.” The building, which also contains Twisted Path Distillery and Enlightened Brewing Co., is under construction to accommodate the bakery.
The dining spot, which will feature a designated gluten-free kitchen, will serve up gluten-free baked goods, as well as breakfast and lunch items and beverages from Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. Many of the items will also be dairy-free or egg-free.
Baked treats will include a rotating selection of goods like cookies, cupcakes, muffins, breads, scones and other desserts. The breakfast and lunch menu is still being drawn up, but Morgan-Hoernke expects it will feature items like breakfast sandwiches, salads and soups, among other dishes.
Silver Spring House Reopening
Glendale’s venerable Silver Spring House (6655 N. Green Bay Ave.) seemingly had an abrupt closure in February, but the historic business won’t be gone for long. Venture capitalist David Braeger (D.O.B. Holdings) has acquired the restaurant. Braeger will be making upgrades to the building and surrounding property, including the possible addition of indoor volleyball and pickleball courts.
Fredrich has the scoop on Braeger’s plans:
According to information released today, the property will be given a refresh over the course of the next few weeks, including new exterior paint and numerous upgrades, with particular care given to maintaining the building’s look and feel…
The restaurant, which is expected to open by the end of April, will also showcase a new menu focused on creative hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and salads, along with the famous Silver Spring House prime rib and Friday night fish fry.
Public Table Opening in West Allis
Come May, a new bar & restaurant called Public Table will be open in the space at 5835 W. National Ave. The restaurant’s building is owned by Christopher Kuranz, who is teaming up with operating partner John Clark and investing partner Randy Brashier. The three hope the restaurant will become a gathering place for the community.
Fredrich writes about the “shared vision” for the restaurant:
The focal point of the space will be an extensive communal table that stretches across the expanse of the venue, providing a place for neighbors to gather, converse and enjoy a great meal together. The table, along with others in the restaurant, will be constructed from repurposed wood from a 100-year-old mash tun, which is speculated to have been acquired from Point Brewing Co…
Although details of the menu are still being finalized, he says they are focused on featuring accessible seasonal fare including a rotating selection of deviled eggs, tacos, sliders and flatbreads. There will also be a selection of “lagniappe,” little extra snacks that can be enjoyed by singles or couples upon arrival.
Public Table offerings also include craft cocktails, local and regional beer, coffee from Collectivo, kombucha on tap and Sunday brunch.
Goddess and the Baker Comes to Brookfield
A Chicago based cafe and restaurant has landed a spot at the Corners of Brookfield (20111 W. Bluemound Rd.). Goddess and the Baker is expected to open its first Wisconsin location this summer. The Brookfield location will be modeled after the company’s seven Chicago locations, and will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and all-day dessert.
Lawder reports on the cafe’s fare:
Goddess and The Baker specializes in salads, soups and made-to-order sandwiches, as well as pastries and sweets like its signature rainbow-layered cake. The drink menu includes beverages from a rotating selection of third-wave coffee roasters, cold brew nitro coffee on tap, tea and espresso drinks. Additionally, the Brookfield location will also offer a juice bar, as well as… tap beer, wine and specialty cocktails.
Indoor and outdoor seating will also be available at the Brookfield Goddess and The Baker, as well as takeout and delivery services.
Changes at Milwaukee ChopHouse
The Milwaukee ChopHouse (633 N. 5th St.) has promoted one of its own to chef de cuisine. Calum Hastreiter was previously the restaurant’s culinary advisor, and has held a variety of positions at the ChopHouse as well as the Miller Time Pub & Grill (509 W. Wisconsin Ave.) for the past six years. Before his tenure with the Marcus Restaurant Group, Hastreiter worked at the late Stonefly Brewery (735 E. Center St.). In his new role, the chef will also be introducing a new dinner menu which has already been implemented since the beginning of the month.
The new menu will emphasize prime cuts as well as seafood. In a press release, Hastreiter detailed some of new options:
Mero sea bass ($42) with lemon beurre blanc, celeriac-apple slaw and micro herbs: “I’m most proud of this dish. We make a point to bring in fish from sustainably caught sources… The simple accent flavors add to, but do not overpower, the buttery flavor of this great fish.”
Butternut squash bisque ($9) with pumpkin seed oil, paprika pepitas and fried sage: “One of my favorite things to make is soup. This soup takes a simple ingredient, butternut squash, and elevates the flavors with a few added ingredients. I make soups at home nearly every week and am happy to be able to share something I love with others.”
Milwaukee Chophouse has also begun hosting special “wine dinners” which feature “several courses of specially-prepared dishes paired with select wines from top vineyards and wineries across the United States,” a press release notes. The most recent dinner, held on March 9, was sold out and included menu options such as a King Crab ravioli (charred fennel, Belgioioso ricotta, chive and blood orange beurre blanc) and a Vadouvan lamb chop (black lentil dal, charred purple cauliflower, pomegranate yogurt and preserved lemon).
More information regarding the wine dinners can be found here.
VEGAN DELIGHT: New vegan restaurant to open on Milwaukee’s East Side
It will occupy former Jow Nai Fouquet, Abu's Jerusalem of the Gold space
Maredithe Meyer of BizTimes reported that Celesta will open by late spring
A year and a half after launching vegan pop-up restaurant and catering service Beatrix Foods, owner Melanie Manuel prepares to open a permanent space to sell her plant-based, internationally-inspired comfort food.
“I wanted to create a different experience for people that they couldn’t get elsewhere and would complement the vegan food the city already offers,” Manuel said.
Celesta will open by late spring at 1978 N. Farwell Ave., the east side space that formerly housed Jow Nai Fouquet, a thai restaurant that closed last year. Before that it was occupied by Abu’s Jerusalem of the Gold.
The new restaurant will serve elevated vegan food, featuring both familiar dishes, and seasonal specials and originals. It will also offer beverages including a house-made chai, and a full selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
The restaurant, which will be open Tuesday through Sunday, will offer seating for about 24 people, with six seats at the bar and 18 seats at tables. Manuel said she hopes to offer outdoor seating, weather permitting, with four to six tables on the restaurant’s sidewalk.
“It will be a space that is really conducive to the food we’re offering,” Manuel said. “We want to be welcoming to lots of different people, not just people who only eat plant-based foods, but to omnivores as well.”
Manuel said she will use Celesta to continue offering catering services for events such as weddings, and private or corporate parties. She said she has also considered using the new space to eventually host private events or cooking classes.