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Restaurant of the Week: Joey Gerard’s – A Bartolotta Supper Club

Joey Gerard’s – a Bartolotta Supper Club, nestled on a corner lot in downtown historic Greendale, is a nod to the traditional Wisconsin supper club combined with an old school 1950’s Hollywood vibe.

The expansive space feels classy and swanky but approachable, comfortable and welcoming with a nostalgic feel of years gone by.

Cozy up in one of the candlelit, curved dark leather banquette booths, enjoy the crooner sounds of the Rat Pack and be prepared to be impressed with impeccable service and the overall dining experience at Joey Gerard’s.

Sip and soak in the ambiance with traditional cocktail starters like the Side Car, Sloe Gin Fizz, classic martini or the twist of a rhubarb brandy Old Fashioned. Joey Gerard’s also offers a wide selection of wines and features only Wisconsin beers on tap.

Open since 2012, Joey Gerard’s menu features a variety of sandwiches, seafood and steaks along with classic supper club appetizers and desserts. Chef Miles Borghraef recently joined the team at Joey Gerard’s and is already creating impressive elevated supper club cuisine.

Joey Gerard’s salmon

Let your taste buds stroll down memory lane with appetizers such as the classic relish tray; Lazy Susan meat platter; pork and veal Swedish meatballs with rosemary gravy; rollmops (pickled herring); or the buttery Shrimp De Jonghe with dipping bread. A nice selection of salads rounds out the starters; we loved the crisp wedge with creamy blue cheese dressing.

Classic tavern favorites include the Great Lakes perch “Yooper” sandwich or Beverly Mae’s ribs, a slow-cooked full rack with house-made barbecue sauce with a slight zing. All are served with crinkle-cut French fries and tangy crisp coleslaw.

There’s a lot of variety on the menu with specialties like pan-seared scallops, barbecue cedar-planked salmon and chicken marsala.

Joey Gerard’s is well known for its charcoal-fired steaks, and they do not disappoint. The steak is tender with a light outer crisp and served with a number of special sauces like the brandy peppercorn. Go big and add a lobster tail, scallops or shrimp to any steak meal.

Joey Gerard’s steak

Any supper club meal deserves dessert! Dive into the Schaum Torte, a light meringue with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and strawberries. Keep it cool with a traditional after-dinner ice cream drink like the Grasshopper, Brandy Alexander or the Pal Joey, featuring amaretto and coffee liqueur.

It wouldn’t be Wisconsin without weekend specials including Joey’s Fried Friday seafood basket with perch, cod, shrimp, calamari and scallops or Saturday’s prime rib dinner.

Between courses, make sure to grab a Map of the Stars brochure and wander the space admiring the more than 50 vintage black-and-white photos featuring legends like Kirk Douglas, Rita Hayworth, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Dean Martin and Barbara Stanwyck that will leave you feeling a little star struck.

Joey Gerard’s is open Tuesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m., offering both indoor and outdoor dining. Reservations are recommended for casual dining or special occasions. For more information, visit bartolottas.com/joey-gerards. For a full list of Bartolotta restaurants, visit www.bartolottas.com.

Bonus fun! Drive around Greendale and check out the more than 200 decorated house chimneys. Greendale is only one of three “Greenbelt Communities” in the US built by the Franklin Roosevelt Administration in 1936. For more information, visit www.greendalechimneytours.com.

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