Cheers to Five Years at The Rumpus Room
The Rumpus Room will cross a significant landmark with its fifth anniversary in October of this year. Opened in 2011, the restaurant was inspired by Joe Bartolotta’s father, Tudy who owned a bar of the same name in 1950. The original restaurant served as a gathering place for Milwaukee residents to enjoy classic music that Tudy would bring back from his trips to New York. The modern day Rumpus Room continues in the tradition of providing a community-driven restaurant in the heart of downtown. Additionally, the restaurant has served as a leader in the growing restaurant scene in Milwaukee.
Over the years, the food landscape of Milwaukee has changed greatly with new restaurants opening what seems like every few weeks. The Rumpus Room has been a leader in the space with a menu that has introduced guests to elevated gastropub menu items such as the Scotch Egg, Rumaki, and a robust charcuterie menu with meats and cheeses that reflect the local flavors of Wisconsin. Executive Chef Andrew Koser brings his own unique background to the restaurant and continues to refine the menu.
The Rumpus Room has also been a staple in the ever-evolving craft beer and spirits scene. Since its opening, Rumpus Room has held many events in its private dining space, The Room which often bring in both local and national brewers or distillers to teach guests about their products and other exclusive pairings. Event partners have invited many vendors including craft distillery Buffalo Trace and extremely sought a er brands that no other bars can get a hold of such as Pappy Van Winkle. Much like the original Rumpus Room which was started by Joe’s father over half a century ago, events are often paired with new and exciting bands and musicians to create a true sense of gathering.
We hope you join us in celebrating! We will have our kick-off dinner in partnership with Three Floyds Brewing Company on September 21, a ticketed event featuring beer and food pairings. Additionally stop in between September 21 and October 21 and celebrate with $5 drafts, whiskeys, and happy hour food items. Cheers to many more years!