MKE: The Garden District Kitchen & Bar at MKE showcases local culinary culture

BETHESDA, Md. (June 28, 2022) – Global restaurateur HMSHost and Perlick opened The Garden District  Kitchen & Bar on Concourse D in Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) during the COVID-19  pandemic. With the busy summer travel season in full swing and passenger traffic nearing 2019 levels, the  menu is being expanded to highlight the best of Wisconsin for airport passengers. The restaurant is  operated by HMSHost in partnership with Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise joint  venture partners, Limitless Brands and Newburns Management Group. 

“HMSHost and Perlick provide family-sustaining jobs to hundreds of people in Milwaukee, and the  investments they continue to make in our hometown Airport is great news for the traveling public,”  Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley said. “Visitors fly to Milwaukee to see family or friends and  attend conventions, sports events or festivals. The new menu at the Garden District Kitchen and Bar will give  them a taste of what Milwaukee has to offer.” 

“MKE is Milwaukee’s hometown Airport, and the Garden District Kitchen & Bar is part of the Airport’s effort  to showcase Milwaukee neighborhoods,” Airport Director Brian Dranzik said. “The Airport is in the Garden  District, so it makes sense to name this restaurant after the neighborhood the Airport is in.” 

“Representing local business and food culture is a meaningful and authentic way to connect with the  traveling public,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. “HMSHost is  humbled to work alongside Perlick and build an elevated local dining experience at MKE. We’d like to thank  Mitchell International, Perlick and our ACDBE partners for bringing this exemplary restaurant concept to  life.”  

“We are thrilled to be a part of The Garden District Kitchen & Bar,” said Theodore “TJ” Perlick Molinari, Vice  President, Commercial Sales, Perlick. “For more than 100 years, Perlick has been manufacturing commercial  bar and beverage equipment and premium residential refrigeration in the heart of Milwaukee. We are  proud to showcase our strong history in the Brew City to travelers from around the world.” 

The Garden District Kitchen & Bar presented the opportunity for Perlick to join forces with travel dining  leader HMSHost to create the airport’s ultimate local food and beverage experience. The restaurant  showcases the latest from Perlick Milwaukee-made equipment: the bar is specially outfitted with two  custom made brewers pipe draft beer towers, an 86-bottle wine temperature controlled display column,  two specialty dispensing units that can be used for draft wine or craft cocktails on draft, and four  temperature controlled wine drawers for wine by the glass service. The draft beer towers feature eight taps with six dedicated to pouring Wisconsin-brewed beers. There is a diverse array of local craft beers from Spotted Cow by New Glarus and Heavenly Haze by Third Space Brewing to a classic Miller Lite or Leinenkugel.  

The menu highlights a taste of the region with an emphasis on Wisconsin products and iconic foods. Diners  can feast on Usingers corned beef and brats and dig into a lineup of tasty items for breakfast, lunch, and  dinner. The new menu offers an appetizer of Jalapeño Cheese Curds served alongside a sriracha ranch and a  Milwaukee Fish Fry featuring a lightly breaded cod served with seasoned fries, apple fennel slaw, house  tartar sauce, and marble rye. From appetizers, salad, burgers, and entrees, the flavor of Wisconsin is  conveyed in every dish.  

The Garden District Kitchen & Bar is located on Concourse D near gate D51.