Stella Van Buren names new executive chef

Zach Espinosa leaves The Bartolotta Restaurants after 15 years

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Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:22 pm

Stella Van Buren

Chef Zach Espinosa has been named the executive chef at upscale Italian-American restaurant Stella Van Buren, located at the Westin hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

He assumes the new role after almost 15 years with Milwaukee-based Bartolotta Restaurants. He previously served as executive chef at Mr. B’s Steakhouse in Brookfield, joining the restaurant in February 2017.

In 2016, he helped Bartolotta open the trio of restaurants– ABV Social, Cafe Grace and Taqueria El Jefe– formerly managed by the group at the Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa. He also served as the executive chef of Harbor House and the Grain Exchange, and executive sous chef at Lake Park Bistro.

In his new role, Espinosa will oversee the Stella Van Buren’s breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner services, as well as an ongoing development of its menu.

Stella Van Buren, located on the third floor of the Westin Hotel at 550 N. Van Buren Street, is operated by the hotel’s operator Merrillville, Indiana-based White Lodging. The hotel and the restaurant opened less than a year ago in June, 2017. Chef Justin Winkler served as Stella’s previous executive chef.

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Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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