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Growing Benson’s Restaurant Group Announces Next New Restaurant Venture

Hospitality group to open sixth restaurant, its fourth in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, by summer 2023


MILWAUKEE (Jan. 26, 2023) – On the heels of a successful fall opening for The Bridgewater Modern Grill, Benson’s Restaurant Group is already planning its next venture. The expanding hospitality group today announced it will debut a new restaurant at 322 N. Broadway St. in summer 2023.


Benson’s Restaurant Group currently operates three other restaurants in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward - Onesto, Smoke Shack and Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria – as well as AJ Bombers in downtown and The Bridgewater Modern Grill in the Bay View area.


Benson’s Restaurant Group is immediately beginning design and reconstruction work on the recently vacated space on the east side of Broadway St., south of St. Paul Ave. Benson’s is working with its partners RINKA and ADK Design on the architecture and design of the space.


“We’ve had such an exciting past few months celebrating with neighbors, friends and foodies across the region and guess what – we’re doing it again. Our team is absolutely thrilled to be bringing another restaurant option to the Third Ward, a location we consider home,” said David Marcus, CEO of Benson’s Restaurant Group. “We’re looking forward to sharing more details soon about the concept and menu, but as with all of our restaurants, you can expect delicious food, craft drinks and an atmosphere unique to the area.”


The new restaurant will feature 3,460 sq. ft of newly reimagined dining space and will offer indoor, bar and outdoor dining. The restaurant name and menu concept will be announced at a later date. The new restaurant is expected to support 60 jobs once open.


Last year, the hospitality group announced its name change from Hospitality Democracy to Benson’s Restaurant Group with a nod to its family roots and vision for the future, as well as opened its first restaurant under that new brand, The Bridgewater Modern Grill.



Benson’s Restaurant Group is a family-owned hospitality company based in Milwaukee that conceptualizes, develops and operates a portfolio of restaurants. Benson’s Restaurant Group, a division of Marcus Investments, currently operates and manages five different casual dining restaurant concepts: The Bridgewater Modern Grill, Onesto, Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, Smoke Shack and AJ Bombers. The group is also the franchisor of Zaffiro’s pizza brand. Learn more at

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