Historic Turner Hall’s New Restaurant to Open Oct. 3

Traditional — and not so traditional — tavern fare is coming to Turner Hall. Loaded fries, wings, burgers, fish fries, even steak and prime rib.

Fear not, Bucks fans. Another dining option awaits when the Milwaukee Bucks plays its first (pre-season) game at the new Fiserv Forum. Tavern at Turner ‒ the restaurant owned by Nomad World Pub operator Mike Eitel ‒ will begin service on Wednesday, Oct. 3, which is also the date the Bucks play the Chicago Bulls. 

The dining space inside circa-1882 Turner Hall (1034 Vel R. Phillips Ave.), designed by architect Henry H. Koch (of City Hall and Pfister Hotel fame), has been vacant since Turner Hall restaurant closed in May. The dining room is separated into three now-refreshed areas ‒ the tavern, composed of bar-height tables, TVs and a pool table; the Palm Garden special event/private party space; and the “parlor,” a darker, more intimate space with banquette seating.

The very large, diverse menu has a casual, comfort focus, with everything from loaded french fries ($7-$8+), wings ($14.dozen) to burgers ($7-$14), street tacos ($8-$12), “nalu” bowls ($8-$12) and entrées ($14-$18).  Specific items include Papi Pollo (french fries topped with fried chicken, mayo and hot sauce); the Tailgater platter (serving 2-4) composed of a toasted pretzel with a local brat, Nathan’s hot dog, fried chicken, beer cheese sauce, scallions and Dijon mustard; the third-pound Nomad burger topped with maple bacon jam, aged cheddar and “chombo” aioli; Cubano sandwich; banh mi; tavern chopped salad; tquila lime shrimp rice bowl with charred corn and seared pineapple; pan-seared whitefish with potato pancakes, butter haricots verts and brown butter sauce; and a 12-ounce grilled rib eye with fries, asparagus and dirty butter. 

There are two weekly specials as well ‒ a Friday fish fry (beer-battered or baked cod, spicy tempura battered cod, or fried perch, $13-$14) and Saturday night prime rib with roasted fingerling potatoes and haricots verts ($22). 

Eitel’s Caravan Hospitality Group also runs Nomad Nacional pop-up bar on South Fifth Street and SportClub on Jefferson and Mason streets. 

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sat 10-2:30 a.m.; Sun 10-2 a.m. Certain menu items will be offered from 9 p.m. until close.



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.