Paul and Joe Bartolotta of Milwaukee-based The Bartolotta Restaurants
have been named semifinalists in the James Beard Foundation’s
Outstanding Restaurateur category of the 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards.
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Bavette La Boucherie in Milwaukee's Third Ward.[/caption]
The Bartolottas have established revered upscale Milwaukee restaurants Harbor House
and Lake Park Bistro
, as well as Wauwatosa’s Ristorante Bartolotta
, among several others in the area. There are just 20 Outstanding Restaurateur finalists in the U.S.
Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie
in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, Justin Carlisle of Ardent
on Milwaukee’s East Side and Thomas Hauck of c.1880
in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood each got nods in the Best Chef: Midwest category.
Wisconsin was well represented in the Best Chef: Midwest semifinalist list this year, with three other state chefs included: Jonny Hunter of Forequarter
in Madison, Dan Fox of Heritage Tavern
in Madison, Luke Zahm of Driftless Café
in Viroqua and Lisa Carlson of Chef Shack
in Bay City were named.
in Madison was ranked among just 20 eateries in the country in the Outstanding Restaurant category.
The winners will be announced at the 2017 James Beard Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 1.