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By Brian West

a photo of Rumpus Room's Apple SaladThe Bartolotta Restaurant Group has been a staple of fine dining in Milwaukee since Joe and his brother Paul opened Ristorante Bartolotta in 1993. Since then, “Bartolotta” has become a carefully crafted brand synonymous with “quality” and “elegance.” When a restaurant bears the Bartolotta name, the diner immediately knows they can expect the very best in atmosphere, service, food and wine. So when it was announced in 2011 that the Bartolotta Restaurant Group would be opening a gastro pub in the fall of that year with a focus on craft beer, craft cocktails and classic pub fare (given the “Bartolotta treatment”), I was understandably excited!

The Rumpus Room opened in the spot on Water Street formerly occupied by Eagan’s, just past the main Water Street drag and kitty-corner from the Performing Arts Center. I’ve since been to Rumpus several times, but from my very first visit—a casual brunch with my wife—I knew I would soon be writing this very article.

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