Horned Hare to Open in a Historic Downtown Boutique Hotel

The owners of Snack Boys are opening their next bar/restaurant at the Dubbel Dutch.

A European hunting lodge concept, owned and operated by the people who run Boone & Crockett and Snack Boys, is planned for an 1898 boutique hotel called Dubbel Dutch (817-819 N. Marshall St.). Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development (which is behind the Sherman Phoenix, among other spaces) is part of the team transforming the hotel. The bar/restaurant will be called Horned Hare.  

Co-owner John Revord says the food and drink will be inspired by Wisconsin’s “deep European roots,” with ingredients in the farm-to-table genre. He mentions tubers, grains, meats. That’s partly owing to the size of the space it will occupy in this historic mansion, also known as the Charles A. Koeffler Jr. House. Revord also says, in Horned Hare, he and partner/chef Mitchell Ciohon are applying something they like from all of their businesses. “Formal dining won’t work here,” he says. Small plates, which works well at Snack Boys, will also be its sibling’s, the Horned Hare’s, focus. For the beverage program, “We’re going back to our roots [at Boone & Crockett]. Everything will be handmade.” So it’ll be fun to watch the cocktails being crafted behind the bar. 

The hotel is currently under restoration and will feature 17 guest rooms. The name of the restaurant is an allusion to the German folkloric creature known as the wolpertinger, whose body is composed of various animal parts. 

The hotel and bar/restaurant are expected to open in time for the Democratic National Concention this summer. 

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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.