MILWAUKEE — Two Bartolotta favorites plan to reopen their doors in the coming weeks after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Harbor House and Bartolotta Steakhouse are busy preparing to reopen with guests' health and safety at the top of their minds.
Both restaurants have taken the past few months to reevaluate how they function and to develop new ways of serving without threatening the safety of their customers.
“We are pleased to continue a careful, yet exciting, and thoughtful reopening process,” said The Bartolotta Restaurants co-founder and owner Chef Paul Bartolotta. “We are proud of our team members for committing themselves to these standards and educating themselves so that they can deliver exceptional service."
The Harbor House will be the first to reopen on Aug. 20, offering good food and live music.
A few weeks later, the Bartolotta Steakhouse will open its doors with a newly decorated patio. That reopening date is set for Sept. 2.
"We have taken the deliberate step to reopen restaurants with outdoor experiences – not just to create privacy and physical distance, but also so that our guests can enjoy our beautiful Milwaukee summers,” Chef Bartolotta said.
The restaurants have implemented many safety protocols and precautions in order to the keep staff and customers safe. Those protocols and precautions are as follows:
- Face masks are required to be worn by staff members at all times
- Face coverings are required for all guests, two years of age and older, during the following instances
- When walking in at any of the restaurants
- When ordering or addressing a Bartolotta employee
- When walking in common areas
- Reservations required (reservations will be held for 15 minutes and will be limited to 1.5 hours) and temperature checks will be taken upon entry
- Touchless payment options and QR codes available to view menus on smartphones
- Rearranged dining rooms that offer distance and privacy between tables; as well as custom-made safety partitions where applicable
- UV-C technology that destroys microorganisms in the air and on hard surfaces
- Meticulously and deliberately cleaned tables within every new reservation