Dino’s in Riverwest Is Coming Back to Life

Dino’s is slated to reopen this fall. 

To me, Dino’s in Riverwest (808 E. Chambers St.) was a bar/restaurant synonymous with wings, fish fry, pizza and assorted Italian specialties. It closed in 2019, and the storefront has been vacant since then. Now, business partners Dan Budziszewski and Mike Brumm are bringing it all back – sometime this fall. Budziszewski is a longtime Riverwester, a musician and experienced bartender. He most recently was the taproom manager at MobCraft on South Fifth Street. Brumm purchased the Dino’s building and the duo is in the throes of resurrecting the haunt. 

In order to do that, the interior is getting a facelift. They’re changing the color scheme to walls of two-tone gray, adding new tables, bar stools and chairs. “It’s going to be real slick,” says Budziszewski.  

 

 

For the menu, he says they will keep it small. They have the original Dino’s recipes and wings and “quick” pizzas are part of the plan. Their pie oven will get pizzas out to diners in 10 minutes, Budziszewski says, and that will help them build stronger, quicker service, which he says is a priority. Aside from the traditional Dino’s specialties they will offer, he’s calling the menu “modern bar food.” And just as MobCraft crowdsources its beers (the public decides, by vote, what they brew), Budziszewski wants to crowd-source some of Dino’s menu items.

Diners will be able to order food by phone (using the Toast pickup app), eliminating the need for table service. Food runners will bring orders to their tables. 

The partners also plan to serve Sunday brunch, and that menu is still in development. 

Hours-to-be: Tues-Thurs 4-10 p.m.; Sat noon-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

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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.