Stella Van Buren names new executive chef

Zach Espinosa leaves The Bartolotta Restaurants after 15 years


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 Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.