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The First Supper
Bartolotta's supper club, Joey Gerard's, gears up for its Greendale opening.

                                     Photo of ribs from Joey Gerard's.

Way to the Relish Tray
Hold on to your prime rib. With the close of August comes the opening of Joey Gerard’s – A Bartolotta Supper Club (5601 Broad St., Greendale). Yes, the ever-growing Bartolotta family. The first of two supper clubs is taking on the Southwest suburbs, beginning Friday, Aug. 31. That’s next Friday! If you’re dreaming of loosening your belt buckle with a plate of beef Wellington, you can rouse yourself from those gastronomic slumbers. I await the final menu, but can tell you it includes prime rib, babyback ribs with fries and coleslaw, and the crucial schaum torte dessert. The bar menu includes tap beers, signature cocktails, “value-oriented” wine offerings and ice cream drinks. The executive chef, Joe Schrieter, is late of the Bartolotta co-owned Harbor House, where he was executive sous chef. If you’re really jones-ing for the Mequon Joey Gerard’s (in the old Riversite), that location is tentatively due to open in late September. Greendale restaurant hours: Mon-Thurs 4:30-9 p.m.; Fri 4:30-10 p.m.; Sat 4-10 p.m.; Sun 4-8 p.m. Call 414-858-1900 for reservations.

Chewing Ability
Liquid refreshment is the raison d’etre of The Ruby Tap, a new wine bar in Tosa. And yet, it’s not everything. But wait, back to liquids for a moment. Ruby has 70 wines by the bottle, plus 32 varieties available by wine machine, and a handful on tap (aka, wine in a keg). That’s a lot of vino. The sisters who run this business – Brooke Boomer and Sarah Smith – are serious about the foods that go with the wines. Serious that they should be local. So… they’ve got cheeses from Clock Shadow Creamery (of Walker's Point) and Carr Valley (La Valle, Wis.), charcuterie from Riverwest’s Bolzano Artisan Meats and Madison’s Underground Food Collective, and desserts from Simma’s Bakery (the Tosa stronghold). Ready to visit? Hours: Tues-Thurs noon-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-9 p.m. (1341 Wauwatosa Ave., 414-456-1300)

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