Nashotah’s Historic Red Circle Inn Is Under New Ownership and Temporarily Closed

The restaurant is expected to reopen later this fall.

It’s been years since I last visited the Red Circle Inn and Bistro in Nashotah (N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd.) and in a few months, I’ll have good reason to get back in there. The incredibly historic spot – it was established in the 1840s – is under new ownership and on hiatus while undergoing upgrades. 

Longtime owners Norm and Martha Eckstaedt sold the restaurant to Geronimo, a Beloit-based hospitality group that operates many restaurants and hotels including the Delafield Hotel and its on-site dining establishment I.d

What I know from Geronimo is Red Circle is expected to reopen in November but there’s no definitive date yet. They are booking private events during the closure. Also during the break, the interior is slated for a refresh that includes new furniture and decor. I’m told these changes – among others – will be in keeping with Red Circle’s history and legacy.  

In staff changes, the new GM is Rocky Kitzman, whose past work experience includes the assistant GM position at I.d. He was more recently the GM at a restaurant called Yolan in Nashville’s The Joseph Hotel. Currently, the Red Circle is looking to hire an executive chef and sous chef, among other positions. No details yet on the menu, but I hope to see the return of traditional dishes like beef Wellington.

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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.