Bartolotta sets reopening date for Lake Park Bistro

Paul Bartolotta
Paul Bartolotta

The Bartolotta Restaurants announced today that it will reopen Lake Park Bistro for indoor dining on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The French restaurant, located  at 3133 E. Newberry Blvd. on Milwaukee’s East Side, will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, operating at 25 percent capacity – employees and guests – in accordance with statewide guidelines.

In reopening the restaurant, The Bartolotta Restaurants owner and co-founder chef Paul Bartolotta said he is returning Lake Park Bistro to its roots – reimagining it as an haute bistro inspired by his experiences traveling in France and working alongside acclaimed chefs.

“What began as rustic bistro today continues to evolve into a haute bistro with our new menu and offerings,” Bartolotta said. “In reopening Lake Park Bistro, we are honoring history’s great French chefs and cuisine while elevating our approach to ‘haute bistro’ cooking, bringing both classic recipes as well as signature dishes inspired by our travels in France. With guests taking fewer trips overseas at this time, we are excited to take them on a culinary journey to France for an evening.”

The move is the latest step for The Bartolotta Restaurants to resume operations, after closing all of its restaurants earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bartolotta Restaurants says its reopening plans “emphasize enhanced health and hygiene protocols for guests and employees.”

The Bartolotta Restaurants is also expanding days of operation for the month of December for its other reopened restaurants to six days per week. Expanding days of operation for its reopened restaurants will include Ristorante Bartolotta and Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse to expand to Tuesdays through Sundays starting on Dec. 1; Harbor House will expand to Tuesday through Sunday starting Dec. 8; and Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant will expand to Mondays through Saturdays on Dec. 7.

Each restaurant is operating under enhanced health and hygiene protocols that have become the new standard for all Bartolotta restaurants and catering facilities, including:

  • Face masks are required to be worn by staff members at all times
  • Face coverings are required for all guests during the following instances:
    • When walking in at any of the restaurants.
    • When ordering or addressing a Bartolotta employee.
    • When walking in common areas.
  • Reservations are required and temperature checks will be taken upon entry.
  • Touchless payment options and QR codes available to view menus on smartphones.
  • Rearranged dining rooms that offer distance and privacy between tables; as well as custom-made safety partitions where applicable.
  • UV-C technology that “destroys microorganisms” in the air and on hard surfaces.
  • Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) Pathogen Testing is utilized in the air-handling units.

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Andrew Weiland
Andrew Weiland is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, Weiland is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, and son, Zachary. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching his son’s youth baseball and basketball teams.

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