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New restaurants are coming to Turner Hall and downtown's new Kinn hotel

On this week's episode of This Bites, we're talking about the big news that the James Beard Foundation has honored Solly's Grille, the popular Glendale diner known for one of Wisconsin's signature food items, the butter burger. It's an enormous honor for the Milwaukee-area institution, which has been open since 1936 and celebrates the glory of Wisconsin butter in a way no other restaurant does. It's amazing how much butter they use: 130 pounds a week.

We also have some news about a new restaurant from the owners behind Uncle Wolfie's, and about Maxie's annual Mardi Gras celebration.

But we kick things off with news of a new restaurant in Turner Hall Ballroom, which has been without a restaurant for years. And it's an interesting concept. It'll be called Turning Tables Tavern and Eatery, and it'll include a teaching kitchen where participants can learn to run a restaurant. Its mission, according to a fact sheet, is to “build equity through food and entrepreneurship." It'll also have a programming space.

The restaurant will feature an evolving menu, and while we don't know what's on that menu yet, we know that the first partner on the project will be Jervel Williams of Mister Bar-B-Que -- which is exciting, because it suggests there will be other partners to come. We'll keep you updated on when the restaurant opens.

The Wolf on Broadway targets a summer opening

The owners of Uncle Wolfie's are planning a new restaurant. The news came out last week that the popular breakfast and brunch spot in Brewer's Hill will be opening a new spot in the downtown Kinn hotel.

The restaurant will be called The Wolf on Broadway. We don't have many details about the spot yet, which will feature a menu made by chef Kristen Schwab, but it'll be part of the 32-room hotel at 600 N. Broadway, and the Journal Sentinel reports that the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It expects to open in midsummer, several months after the hotel opens next month.

Hear us talk about all that and more below.

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