Bartolotta Restaurants’ Next Fine Dining Venture Will Be in Lake Country

The Commodore will open next year.

A little news to get you pumped for summer of 2023. That’s when The Bartolotta Restaurants is projected to open a fine dining restaurant and elevated catering venue called The Commodore – A Bartolotta Restaurant. It will occupy the former Seven Seas on Nagawicka Lake in Hartland (1807 Nagawicka Road), which closed in 2020 after close to 40 years in business. 

Along with partners David Herro and Jay Franke of HF Hospitality Group, Bartolotta will bring life back to a historic waterfront property, once home to Hasslinger’s Pleasant View Hotel & Resort, which opened in 1905. 

“This 117-year-old building is a living time capsule of Nagawicka Lake and the Lake Country community surrounding it, and The Commodore – A Bartolotta Restaurant will serve as the bridge between the past we preserve and the future memories we will make,” says The Bartolotta Restaurants owner/co-founder Paul Bartolotta, in a press release. “Together with our partners, David and Jay, we will bring new life to this building and create a dining experience that is truly unique to Lake Country and the Greater Milwaukee area.” 



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The Commodore Gathering Group; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants

The Commodore – the name was inspired by classic yacht clubs (whose leader is the “commodore”) – is undergoing redesign and restoration as I write this. Per The Bartolotta Restaurants, the property has quite the history, having changed hands more than 15 times. Its past occupants include a girl’s camp, school, hotel and discotheque.

“The Commodore – A Bartolotta Restaurant is a segue from that old, nostalgic, magical quality of the property to a modern experience for the contemporary guest,” Paul Bartolotta says. 

More details about the restaurant will be released in the coming months.




Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.