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.