Mitchel Writt
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New Bay View American Restaurant

Plus: Comfort food in new Whitefish Bay place and DanDan opens second restaurant.

By - Nov 9th, 2016 04:11 pm
2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Photo taken in 2005 courtesy of the City of Milwaukee.

2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Photo taken in 2005 courtesy of the City of Milwaukee.

Kindred Restaurant

Marija Madunic is a partner with her sister, Vesna, at Firefly restaurant in Wauwatosa. She also ran two restaurants in Whitefish Bay, Berkeley’s Cafe and El Guapo’s Cantina, both now closed. Now she’s decided to try Bay View, with a restaurant called Kindred, which will serve contemporary American dishes in the building being converted to a boutique hotel at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Carol Deptolla has more on the story:

Marija Madunic said, “Creating a very warm, intimate space, like family,” is the idea behind the restaurant. “We really want it to feel like a place where people can get comfortable and cozy and hang out,” she said.

The chef is Nathan Rader, a native of Pennsylvania who has worked in Big Sur, Calif., Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Anguilla, West Indies.

Madunic said the menu will be kept brief so that it easily can be changed seasonally. It will include small plates, some entrees and desserts.

The menu still was being written but is likely to include leek and Edam fritters with local chokeberry jam, Madunic said.

The restaurant, which will be on the hotel’s first floor, will have banquettes in the bar area. The bar itself will be built of reclaimed wood. Besides some more intimate seating, the dining room will include a large table for communal dining. Madunic said she wants the dining room to be a series of “warm little vignettes.”

In all, Kindred will have close to 100 seats, she said. A patio under construction at the front of the building will provide more seats in warm weather. It will have a fire pit, lights, trees and other plantings, she said.


Chefs Daniel Jacobs and Dan Van Rite will be opening a new restaurant inside the still rather new restaurant DanDan at 360 E. Erie St. It will be called EsterEv and will open tomorrow. Lori Fredrich of OnMilwaukee adds more details:

The concept, named for Jacobs’ great-grandmother Ester and Van Rite’s grandmother Evelyn, offers one nightly seating for up to 20 diners on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Cost is $80 per person for the tasting menu, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Beverage pairings for each course can be added for an additional $40 (non-alcoholic beverages are included).

“We want to convey this idea of hospitality, like a dinner party where people can chat and get to know people they may not have met before,” notes Jacobs. “We want it to feel like you’re having dinner in our home.”

You’ll find the private dining area is sparse in terms of decor, but the look and feel is intimate and comfortable. Two communal tables accommodate 10 diners each, allowing diners to interact in a convivial fashion.

The tasting menu experience lasts about two and a half hours, and you’ll find it well worth its $80 price tag. Jacobs and Van Rite introduce each course, which ranges from snacks and bites to smaller, but more complete courses.

For more information about EsterEv, or to make a reservation, visit the web site at


Later this month, Whitefish Bay will welcome a new restaurant called Moxie, make that MOXIE. For months, owners Tamela Greene and Anne Marie Arroyo have been transforming the space at 501 E. Silver Spring Dr. into an upscale yet casual restaurant. Fredrich has more information:

The kitchen will be headed by Chef and General Manager Antonio (Tony) Evans. Evans, whose experience includes work with Saz’s Hospitality Group, the Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group, and Brew City Bar-B-Que, is expected to contribute not only a high level of culinary creativity, but also an elevated sense of hospitality.

MOXIE’s spunky offerings will include a short ever-changing menu featuring bold takes on American comfort food fare including steak, seafood and pasta with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Daily specials will feature food sourced from local growers and farms.

MOXIE is now taking bookings for holiday party catering along with special event space rentals available for both Sunday and Monday nights.

Total Wine & More

Brookfield will be home to the first Total Wine & More store in Wisconsin. The nation’s largest independent wine, beer and spirits retailer will open shop at 17300 W. Bluemound Rd. this Thursday. The superstore will sure to be packed tight with over 8,000 different wines and 2,500 beers. Bobby Tanzilo of OnMilwaukee has more info:

“We are far more than a retailer, offering our customers the ability to engage in all that is fine wines, spirits and beer through regular tasting and pairing events, educational classes and a growler station offering local and craft beers,” said Edward Cooper, the store’s veep of public affairs and community relations in that news release.

You can find out for yourself at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, when the shop opens with a variety of freebies for customers, staff-led tours of the expansive showroom and other features, including a Friday appearance, from 5 to 7 p.m., of former Packers star LeRoy Butler.

Ten percent of wine sales during the store’s opening weekend will benefit the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

Total Wine expects to have 150 stores in 21 states open by the end of the year. Word is that a Madison location is also being considered. The company was founded in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1991 by brothers David Trone and Robert Trone, who continue to own the business.

The Gouda Girls Truck

A popular food truck in Milwaukee, named The Gouda Girls, has recently opened a new restaurant. The new location can be found at 1125 N. 9th St. in Suite D, inside the historic Pabst brewing building, and offers traditional American cuisine. The concept behind The Gouda Girls is Wisconsin cheese, and everything wonderful that can be made with it. The Gouda Girls serves up classics like grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. More information about The Gouda Girls can be found at or on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

11 thoughts on “Now Serving: New Bay View American Restaurant”

  1. Casey says:

    Cut/pull those nasty overgrown bushes.

  2. Benny Nota says:

    Casey: that’s an old photo. There’s an outdoor patio now. I think the overgrown foliage is history.

  3. Casey says:

    Thank goodness. I used to live around the corner and even when it was the uo and under (or whatever) thevolace looked semi abandoned.

    Hope this olace finally takes off.

  4. Christina Zawadiwsky says:

    I’m very interested in trying Kindred and wonder what it will be like! The building looks huge, so I wonder about the intimacy factor.

  5. Ronni Nivala says:

    Someone should post a different picture- renovation and landscaping underway and it looks great. I did not know what is was going to be (drive by it every day). Excited for a the restaurant and for the hotel.

  6. Dave Reid says:

    @Ronni I’ll try to get a new pic

  7. phil says:

    if you were unsuccessful at running a restaurant before since they are closed what makes you think bay view would be a success!!

  8. Casey says:

    Phil- who cares? Is she spending your money? Also closure doesnt alway equal failure.

  9. phil says:

    its very important to know this because I would hate to have a bad business that failed in my neighborhood. The business closes and valuation of properties go down driving median prices down. The attitude you presented here is unprofessional and perhaps a different line of work should be on your horizon. I am sick of bad businesses who come into neighbor hood then they close a drive property values down just look at Howell avenue is a good example!

  10. Casey says:

    “The attitude you presented here is unprofessional and perhaps a different line of work should be on your horizon.”

    Phil – I hope your comprehension isnt so bad that you believe I represent this business.

    A restaurant is a “bad business” now? If it wasnt for people taking risks in BV years ago and many failing, your property wouldnt be what its worth now.
    That building has been hime to plenty of failed business in the last decade so the supposed risk to your property vakue is minimal to none.

  11. Kay says:

    They have done well with Firefly in Wauwatosa. Looking forward to seeing what they can do in Bay View. Have always been intrigued by that building.

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