Have a look inside The Bridgewater Trendy Grill, which opens subsequent week

Ali Topan

It’s practically time to welcome some of the anticipated eating places of 2022: The Bridgewater Trendy Grill. In reality, the riverfront restaurant positioned at 2011 S. 1st St. will likely be opening its doorways to the general public starting Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

Have a look inside The Bridgewater Trendy Grill, which opens subsequent weekX

Company can anticipate a spacious industrial stylish area, attractive views and reasonably priced fare ready with the restaurant’s customized oak-fed grill.

Throughout its opening week, The Bridgewater can also be activating their spectacular riverfront patio with autumnal festivities together with an outsized pumpkin carving, yard video games and stay music [read more here]. 

However that is not all. Right here’s an in depth peek at what you’ll discover if you go to.

Industrial stylish meets coastal informal in The Bridgewater’s eating room the place luxe velveteen cubicles line the southern wall and four-top seating is enhanced by strategically positioned greenery. A mix of heat wooden flooring, tiles and textural white paneled partitions provides the room a clear, trendy really feel.

Dining room viewX

Operable storage doorways to the north supply potential for open-air eating and a floor-to-ceiling view of the river. In the meantime, the point of interest of the room is a thematic tryptic of the Hoan Bridge created by native artist John Grant whose work can also be displayed prominently on the Saint Kate Arts Lodge. 

Booths and main wallX

In the meantime, a personal eating space occupies the japanese portion of the restaurant, separated from the primary eating room by smoked glass doorways. 

Private diningX

The room, which comfortably seats 30, boasts ground to ceiling home windows in addition to an operational storage door making a shiny welcoming area that gives the choice of open-air eating throughout clement climate. In the meantime, state-of-the-art window shades enable for full management over the brilliant japanese solar. 

Further lodging embrace a personal entrance, entry to the riverfront patio and a full AV system for shows of all types.

The Bridgewater’s expansive bar, positioned on the west facet of the restaurant is surrounded by operational storage doorways, which can enable for indoor/out of doors service throughout heat climate. Facilities embrace snug padded stools, hidden plugs for charging digital units and purse hooks.

The Bridgewater barX

Further seating is accessible simply to the west of the bar overlooking the restaurant’s patio lounge.

Bar seatingX

On the bar, company can get pleasure from seasonal batched cocktails together with The Bridgewater’s gin punch, espresso martini or mild, easy-drinking spritzes.


The bar additionally affords eight beers on faucet and 17 extra in bottles representing kinds throughout the board from sours and cider to IPA and stout. A curated assortment of bourbon, together with uncommon allocations seldom seen in Milwaukee may even be a characteristic.

On the wine facet, The Bridgewater will supply a strong choice of 40-50 wines sourced from property or family-owned wineries throughout the globe, together with some pure picks.

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Local weather managed wine storage will enable picks to be saved and served on the acceptable temperature.

The menu at The Bridgewater was created with each high quality and approachability in thoughts. It’s versatile sufficient to accommodate boaters contemporary off the riverfront and informal diners; however its elevated simplicity makes it worthy of an important day.

On the helm is Chef Steve Gustafson, an trade veteran who labored alongside Benson’s Restaurant Group Govt Chef Alex Sazama to create a group of small plates, salads and primary dishes, lots of that are ready utilizing the restaurant’s customized oak-fed Jade grill.

Oak-fed Jade grillX

As an example, bread service that includes native sourdough bread is served with ash butter and sea salt ($7), whereas oak-fired oysters are embellished with parmesan butter, panko and contemporary herbs ($16).

Further small plates embrace tuna tartare ($16), artichoke dip ($13) and crab cake ($16) to a tostada that includes pulled duck barbacoa with ancho chili, avocado, cotija, radishes and yellow pico ($14). 

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Salads go far past easy lettuce. Oak-fired beets are dressed with herbed yogurt, dried apricots, dill and a dukkha cracker crumble ($11), whereas an historical grain salad is served on a mattress of miso candy potato puree with mushrooms, avocado, charred onion and cilantro pumpkin pesto ($12).

Ancient grain saladX

Important dishes (priced within the $22-$45 vary) showcase objects from oak-fired child again ribs and oak fired trout to rotisserie hen and seared scallops served with corn grits and charred corn broth. There’s additionally oak-fired veal tenderloin with wild mushrooms and sherry discount and oak-fired grass-fed ribeye seasoned with ancho chile rub and ash salt (pictured right here with oak-fired carrots).


Housemade pastas are additionally a characteristic. Gnocchi is served with bordeaux blanc, butter and chives; and ziti is dressed with yellow tomato sofrito, goat cheese and Swiss chard.

Company may also play it informal with The Bridgewater’s Connecticut fashion lobster roll that includes browned butter and chives; or The Bridgewater burger that includes 8 ounces of Waygu beef within the type of two smash-style patties topped with coal roasted shallots which have been cooked down in sherry vinegar, gruyere, roasted garlic aioli and a alternative of greens or frites.

The Bridgewater burgerX

The Bridgewater’s lunch menu displays most of the identical dishes, some in barely smaller parts, together with choices like a rotisserie hen salad sandwich; grilled cheese and flat iron steak and frites.

Desserts, priced at $9 every embrace chocolate pot de creme with candied coriander, hazelnut crunch, candy cream, orange zest and ash; candy potato cheesecake with gingersnap crust, walnut salted caramel and toasted marshmallow; sticky toffee pudding and honey crisp apple galette served a la mode.

And sure, The Bridgewater can also be residence to town’s longest riverfront patio, which affords plentiful seating alongside its 245-foot expanse, river views and an out of doors bar. 


The patio lounge is about up for socialization with excessive high tables and plentiful lounge furnishings organized in units which are separated by engaging greenery, permitting for small teams to assemble with some semblance of privateness.

Patio lounge

Quite a few units of lounge furnishings are additionally geared up with hearth tables to maintain the nippiness off on cool evenings.

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Simply to the west of the patio is a turf-covered inexperienced area for yard video games and the choice for a big projector display to indicate films or slideshows.

The Bridgewater may even have its very personal set of riverfront docks, which will likely be put in subsequent summer season, full with 10 boat slips that will likely be managed by Benson’s Restaurant Group.

Parking for as much as 50 autos is accessible in The Bridgewater’s car parking zone, however the restaurant additionally affords valet parking nightly with lodging of their non-public heated parking storage.

Starting Oct. 25, The Bridgewater will likely be open for each lunch and dinner with hours Sunday by Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Reservations are extremely advisable and might be made on-line at  bridgewatermke.com.

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