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The Fitz and Gin Rickey will open in late June - did someone say Prohibition-style cocktails?

The Ambassador Hotel (2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.) recently ditched its Envoy restaurant concept for a new theme called The Fitz (in honor of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the “Lost Generation” novelist of the 1920s, the same era in which the Ambassador was built). The Fitz – which opens on Tuesday, June 27 – serves three meals daily, as well as brunch on Sundays.

The restaurant changes were preceded by the hiring of Jason Gorman (formerly of Café Calatrava at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Potawatomi’s Dream Dance and Mangia Wine Bar in Kenosha) to the culinary director position in March. His wife, Jennifer, is the hotel’s new pastry chef.

The new hotel bar, named Gin Rickey, features a separate menu, which includes late-night dining, and a menu of Prohibition-style cocktails and craft beers. “Gin Rickey” refers to the gin-based cocktail favored by author Fitzgerald. 

While cafe Deco keeps it name, it features a new pastry menu (created by Jennifer Gorman) and a small-plate menu for breakfast and lunch. Pastries include cinnamon rolls, beignets, cupcakes and hand pies.  

A program called “Deco After Dark” kicks off on Friday, June 30, with wine, cheeses and chocolates, and live music from 8-10 p.m.

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