This Design Team is Behind the Looks of Some of Milwaukee’s Most Popular Restaurants

Obviously food is important, but don’t forget about the atmosphere.

In the restaurant world, the kitchen’s efforts are paramount, but they’re not everything. Restaurateurs recognize that factors like the setting are key to a memorable dining experience. And no design group is hotter locally than Three Sixty. They have become the go-to guys for Milwaukee restaurant groups Lowlands and JVR.

Aptly named, Three Sixty is a one-stop shop for design-build needs. The team offers everything from spatial planning and conceptual design to custom furniture, signage and interior design. 

Three Sixty owners Brian Polster and Rob Binter, along with project director Ryan Foat, all come from different areas of study, but have a shared skill for problem solving.  They began as a group of four people doing everything, and have grown to an office of 23 doing more specialized work and larger projects. The company often teams up with local marketing firm Rev Pop to help provide a one-two punch of services that match a restaurant’s design with its brand.

Every project is totally customized to each brand and begins with a discovery meeting with the clients. Three Sixty has a hand in every physical detail of a space – sometimes down to the glassware and the napkins.

“They pushed us and we pushed them to come up with a really solid brand and special details at both restaurants,” says Dan Van Rite, owner of Fauntleroy and DanDan.

Following are four of Three Sixty’s most popular designs. 

4 Local Designs




Uncle Wolfie’s  Breakfast Tavern

Mood: Midcentury modern meets artsy hipster.

The restored 1902 Cream City brick building is a modern vintage-y saloon where the bar takes center stage. The space melds original wood flooring, wainscoting and tiles from the tin ceiling with elements Three Sixty built, like the quartz-topped bar. The owners lined the banquette backs with cushions covered in custom fabric and remnants of antique rugs.

Photo by Chris Kessler




Hacienda Beer Co.

Mood: Funky and vibrant.

The taproom/offshoot of a Baileys Harbor-based brewery is airy and sultry. The colors (coral, turquoise, sea-foam green) were inspired by 1950s Havana. Despite the preponderance of hard materials – concrete, wood, metal and exposed brick – the space gets its warmth from the curvy lines of the bar and upholstered banquettes, leafy potted plants and modish mix of pendant lighting.

Photo by Jacquelyn Carter





Mood: It’s not a little bit country, but it is a little bit rock ’n’ roll.

The modern French spot blends the owners’ relaxed approach to fine dining with their love of ’70s rock. The art deco-meets-Paris-boudoir decor features glass chandeliers, bright green tufted banquettes and draped curtains. Collage-style artwork shakes up the color palette, and the theme is reinforced with paintings featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and others.

Photo courtesy of Three Sixty





Mood: Like being in a Korean barbecue in Seoul.

The design is in keeping with the venue’s reinterpreted take on Korean cuisine. Beyond the entranceway is the 20-foot bar topped with a steel panel facade. The “community” table in the dining room is set under a custom chandelier of welded steel with reeded glass panels. The booth and banquette seating feature custom cushions and tabletops.

Photo by Jacquelyn Carter

See more of Three Sixty and Rev Pop’s work at Café Hollander, Café Benelux, DanDan, Fixture Pizza and, coming soon, a new roastery and café for Pilcrow Coffee in Brewer’s Hill.

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Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.