There’s a New Restaurant in the Former Home of The Tandem

Lindsay Heights can look forward to Turkey Leg Thursdays.

The Lindsay Heights property previously occupied by The Tandem (1848 W. Fond du Lac Ave.) officially has a new identity. 1700 Pull Up, which held its soft opening on Tuesday, Nov. 1, brings owner/chef Rosetta Bond’s specialties to a wider audience. The MATC culinary arts graduate originally launched the comfort food-style concept as a business operated out of her home. Her new brick-and-mortar location offers both sit-down and carryout service.

When chef Caitlin Cullen made the decision in 2021 to not reopen The Tandem – which had closed in 2020 as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic –  she said the 5-year-old restaurant would have a future without her but that it also wasn’t hers to sell. She wanted, rather, to give it away. In order to do that, she cast the net wide in a search for interested parties. In the end, Bond was chosen after submitting her business plan and cooking for a tasting panel that included Cullen and The Tandem’s developer Juli Kaufmann.

Kaufmann, president of Fix Development, calls 1700 Pull Up “a testament to resiliency” and says of owner Bond, who has faced challenges from supply chain delays to rising food costs to the struggle to find and afford to pay employees: “Ro has proven she has the grit and passion to succeed.”   

1700 Pull Up lists its daily menu on a chalkboard. “When we run out, that’s it for the day,” she says. She’s doing Turkey Leg Thursdays – stuffed turkey legs are one of Bond’s signatures. The legs are stuffed with things like shrimp alfredo and the fillings will vary. “I’ve been doing them for years,” she says of the stuffed turkey legs. “I piggybacked off something I had in a restaurant in Texas and brought it back here.”

On Fridays, the restaurant is doing seafood options, including catfish dinners and a seafood gumbo (also a chicken gumbo, as well), along with sides like Cajun rice, spaghetti and coleslaw. Fried and whole chicken specials will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

The dishes at 1700 Pull Up are very personal for Bond. “I took my ancestors’ and aunties and uncles’ recipes and made them with a twist,” she says.


Hours: Tues-Fri 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m .-6 p.m.

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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.