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Paul Bartolotta

Hospitality | Restaurants
Chef, owner, co-founder
The Bartolotta Restaurants | Milwaukee

Paul Bartolotta is a two-time James Beard award-winning chef and co-founder of The Bartolotta Restaurants. The restaurant group – which Paul co-founded in 1993 with his brother, the late Joe Bartolotta – today includes 17 restaurants and catering facilities in the Milwaukee area that range from fine dining (Lake Park Bistro, Harbor House and Bacchus) to casual grab-and-go concepts, like Downtown Kitchen inside the U.S. Bank Center. For three consecutive years, Joe and Paul were selected as semi-finalists for the James Beard Foundation award for Outstanding Restaurateur, and Paul was also a finalist in 2020. This year, Bartolotta’s acquired the Harbor House property, opened Roundhouse at McKinley Marina, and is in the process of opening its newest fine dining restaurant at the former Seven Seas building in Delafield. Paul participated in the bidding process to bring the 2024 Republican National Convention to Milwaukee, traveling to Salt Lake City and hosting the site selection committee at Lake Park Bistro.

Education: Graduate of the Restaurant and Hotel Management program at Milwaukee Area Technical College

First job: “I was a dishwasher at Balistreri’s Italian Restaurant in Wauwatosa. I learned hard work, discipline and to love working in a restaurant kitchen environment.”

Fun fact: “I am actually an introvert and a homebody. Despite my public personality, I am quite shy.”

Biggest recent success: “The fact that we have not only reopened our venues and are operating successfully after COVID-19 but are really in growth mode as a company is a huge success that we are proud of.”

Top of your bucket list: “To eat Japanese food in Japan and visit the fish markets there.”

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