Bartolotta Restaurants Will Start Serving Food at McKinley Marina

The Roundhouse’s menu features sharables, drinks and some delicious-sounding sandwiches.

There’s another reason to hit the lakefront this summer – the opening of a new beer garden operated by The Bartolotta Restaurants, in partnership with Milwaukee County Parks. The Roundhouse at McKinley Marina, literally a round building adjacent to the Milwaukee Yacht Club (1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive), will start its debut season on Wednesday, July 20.

Inspired by restaurateurs Paul and the late Joe Bartolotta’s quest to support the county parks and create a public space for the public to enjoy. The Roundhouse will serve drinks and a light food menu. It will also function as a gathering spot near the lake, offering an indoor/outdoor bar, lawn games and “Yacht Rock” tunes.




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On the drinks side, they’ll offer local tap beers (a rotating selection), house-made sangria and frozen old fashioneds. For extra sustenance, they’ve got a sandwich and shareable eats menu that includes a The Summer Sammy, classic turkey sandwich, caprese sandwich, Tony’s Gabagool, and the Bavarian Beast from Milwaukee Pretzel Company.

Roundhouse’s summer hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (weather dependent)



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.