In case you missed it, the historic Charles A. Koeffler, Jr. House, located at 817-819 N. Marshall St., is currently being transformed into a 17-room boutique hotel called Dubbel Dutch. But there’s some more news: When the hotel opens in May, it will come complete with a new bar and restaurant called Horned Hare.

What can Milwaukee expect from Horned Hare? Well, here’s the concept:

Horned Hare will deliver a European hunting lodge concept nestled within the original wood paneled walls of Dubbel Dutch. Its offerings will focus on craft cocktails, curated European beers and smaller protein-heavy plates. The name is a nod to the wolpertinger, a mythical creature in German folklore that represents a physical portmanteau of all the restaurant’s collaborators. While the inspiration for the endeavor is rooted in Milwaukee’s European past, its decor and execution are set firmly in the present.

John Revord (Boone & Crockett, Snack Boys, The Cooperage), Mitchell Ciohon (Taco Moto, Snack Boys, The Cooperage), and Eamonn Keyes and Stephen Landish (Snack Boys) are the minds behind Horned Hare. Katrina Cary, GM of Boone & Crockett, will pitch in on operations and menu design.

Horned Hare “will run exclusively in the evening, designed for locals but appealing to guests of the hotel.” “We tend to operate when we ourselves seek to be social,” says Revord in a press release. The menu, meanwhile, will be “small yet expansive in content and reflect the group’s most lovingly curated venture to date.” “For the folks that miss the serious side of Boone & Crockett’s early days, this is for you,” says Revord.

Here’s the full press release:

Horned Hare to open in Dubbel Dutch this May
Downtown hotel reveals name, concept and operators

Milwaukee, WI (February 17, 2020) – Today, Dubbel Dutch announced that operators well-known in Milwaukee’s bar and restaurant scene will open Horned Hare in the historic downtown boutique hotel. The team transforming the historic house – Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development, Andy Braatz of Braatz Building and Patrick R. Jones of Ramsey Jones Architects – will work with a local tribe of restaurateurs known for introducing fresh and edgy concepts to food-centric Milwaukee.

Local team and collaborators
The ownership group behind Horned Hare includes John Revord of Boone & Crockett, Snack Boys and The Cooperage; Mitchell Ciohon of Taco Moto, Snack Boys and The Cooperage; and Eamonn Keyes and Stephen Landish of Snack Boys. Joining them will be Katrina Cary, GM from Boone & Crockett, to assist in operations and menu design. Suzanne and Kurt Konicke make up the investment team for the bar and restaurant. Horned Hare is a cumulative representation of the skills and passions of each of its creative co-conspirators.

Concept
Horned Hare will deliver a European hunting lodge concept nestled within the original wood paneled walls of Dubbel Dutch. Its offerings will focus on craft cocktails, curated European beers and smaller protein-heavy plates. The name is a nod to the wolpertinger, a mythical creature in German folklore that represents a physical portmanteau of all the restaurant’s collaborators. While the inspiration for the endeavor is rooted in Milwaukee’s European past, its decor and execution are set firmly in the present.

Operations and Features
Horned Hare will run exclusively in the evening, designed for locals but appealing to guests of the hotel. “We tend to operate when we ourselves seek to be social,” said Revord. The owners say they had the original Boone & Crockett on their minds when concepting the beverage program. The menu will be small yet expansive in content and reflect the group’s most lovingly curated venture to date. “For the folks that miss the serious side of Boone & Crockett’s early days, this is for you,” said Revord.

Dubbel Dutch is located blocks from Lake Michigan and east of the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Marrying historic architecture and modern amenities, the classic side-by-side house features 17 entirely distinct guest rooms. Purposely built in 1898 and carefully restored to be part of the National Register of Historic Places, Dubbel Dutch connects the past with the present through extraordinary refinished details accented by clean modern furnishings. The hotel is designed as a welcoming retreat for both out-of-town guests and staycation seekers, and Horned Hare will be open to hotel guests and locals alike.

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