Oggie's is the name of the new venue, which promises a menu of accessible modern European fare served up with a hefty dose of Midwestern charm. And it will do so with a veteran Milwaukee chef at the helm: Thomas Hauck, former owner of c.1880 and more recent culinary director for the Lowlands Restaurant Group.
When the John W. Mariner Building opened on Mason and Milwaukee in the waning months of 1937 it was heralded as an immediate landmark of design and comfort. The same was true when Hotel Metro opened in the building in 1998. Now, 20 years later, the hotel is about to get a refresh.