Ambassador hotel

Wisconsin-avenue-school-art_fullsize_story1

Volunteers create & install public artwork at old Wisconsin Ave. School

Published April 25, 2019

Near West Side Partners announced today that an art installation of more than 1,500 ceramic medallions will be installed on the fence of the former Wisconsin Avenue Elementary School, 2708 W. Wisconsin Ave., soon to be converted by the owner of the Ambassador into a new hotel, on Friday, April 26.

8-quotable-dishes-from-the-fitz_fullsize_story1

8 quotable dishes to relish at the Ambassador Hotel's The Fitz

Published July 19, 2017

The new restaurant at the Ambassador Hotel was named with a nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald, an author whose beautiful prose ruled during the roaring '20s. Interestingly, that same prose is an apt descriptor for some of our favorite dishes at The Fitz.

Ambassador-rebrands-dining_fullsize_story1

Ambassador rebrands Envoy restaurant and lounge concepts

Published May 9, 2017

Ambassador Hotel owner Rick Wiegand announced this morning that Chef Jason Gorman will "reimagine" the hotel's food and beverage options. Envoy restaurant will become The Fitz, and the bar across the hall will become Gin Rickey.

Jason-gorman-joins-ambassador-hotel_fullsize_story1

Chef Jason Gorman joins Ambassador Hotel as culinary director

Published March 16, 2017

Chef Jason Gorman's career includes work at a variety of notable establishments, including The Iron Horse Hotel, The Art Institute of Chicago, Mangia Wine Bar in Kenosha and Dream Dance Steak. And now he'll bring his flair for bold flavors to the Ambassador Hotel.

Ambassadorhotelcontrasts_fullsize_story1

Ambassador Hotel a charming old gem that's been polished to feel new

Published April 16, 2016

The Ambassador Hotel is an establishment existing in charmingly colorful contrast with itself. The Milwaukee landmark, which has been a fixture on the west side of Downtown for nearly 90 years, is an intriguing juxtaposition of many things all at once.

Towertheaterspelunking_fullsize_story1

Urban spelunking: Tower Theater

Published Feb. 18, 2016

Next time you're at the Oriental, take a good look around. Imagine the loss if it were to close. If the seats were ripped out. If the balcony were to be walled off. If you did all that, you'd have the theater's sibling, The Tower, 757 N. 27th St., which closed in 1975.

Sixsignsmke_fullsize_story1

9 cool Milwaukee business signs

Published March 18, 2015

Signs are important. They often lure us, or don't lure us, into businesses. Here are some great Milwaukee signs and chime in with your favorites.

Schroedernourri_fullsize_story1

A chat with Nourri chef Christian Schroeder

Published Sept. 10, 2014

We profiled Chef Christian Schroeder back in 2012, after he'd taken over in the kitchen at Von Trier, launching a tapas program at the otherwise beer-centric bar. But, since his time at Von Trier, Schroeder has taken the helm at Nourri. So, we sat down to catch up with him and find out a little bit more about the man behind the apron.

Schroederprofile_fullsize_story1

Featured chef: Von Trier's Christian Schroeder

Published Sept. 5, 2012

When John and Cindy Sidoff - who own Hooligan's - bought Von Trier, they promised to keep it much the same but with improvements. Stop in today and you'll see the same Von Trier you've always known but with a new sheen. A big part of the upgrade is the addition of small plates. And rather than half-step in, the Sidoffs hired Chef Christian Schroeder to work some magic from a small kitchen above the back room.

Leadnoimage

The best hotel bars lure visitors and townies

Published Feb. 1, 2011

"A good bar in an old hotel goes along way to situating you in a strange city," says Thomas Connors, the Chicago-based author of "Meet Me in the Bar: Classic Drinks from America's Historic Hotels" and a frequent visitor to Milwaukee and its hotel watering holes. Here are some favorites in Milwaukee and beyond Brew City.