The Third Ward Is Getting a New Restaurant

The new concept will replace Wahlburger’s in the Third Ward.

Benson’s Restaurant Group has been very busy of late. Last fall they opened the splashy Bridgewater in the Harbor District (2011 S. First St.). Now the company has announced it will open another new restaurant this year – in the Third Ward space just vacated by the burger chain Wahlburger’s (322 N. Broadway). The projected opening date is summer 2023.

Benson’s hasn’t released the name or concept for the new establishment but it will utilize 3,460 square feet of dining space, including a bar, and will offer outdoor dining as well.



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“We’ve had such an exciting past few months celebrating with neighbors, friends and foodies across the region and guess what – we’re doing it again. Our team is absolutely thrilled to be bringing another restaurant option to the Third Ward, a location we consider home,” said David Marcus, CEO of Benson’s Restaurant Group, in a press release. “We’re looking forward to sharing more details soon about the concept and menu, but as with all of our restaurants, you can expect delicious food, craft drinks and an atmosphere unique to the area.”

Benson’s partners RINKA and ADK Design are working on the architecture and design of the new venue.

Benson’s other properties are Onesto, Smoke Shack, Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria (all three are located in the Third Ward) and AJ Bombers, on Water and Juneau Downtown.



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.