The couple behind Rare Steakhouse on the Square, which opened in June 2014, is now putting a second Rare in Milwaukee.
Jack and Julie Sosnowski, who run Rare and a number of State Street businesses under the name Noble Chef Hospitality, recently ventured out of that two-block radius with a German gastropub on Monroe Street.
Now they have Milwaukee in their sights and are putting a second Rare into a new office building under construction at 833 E. Michigan St., in that city's downtown.
The 18-story building is expected to be completed by February and construction on Rare should start around November, Jack Sosnowski said. He expects the restaurant to open by next spring.
Sosnowski said he'd been in talks with the development company for almost six months.
"We went back and forth awhile. It just came down to the location being so great," he said. "Milwaukee is really under a big renaissance in growth right now, especially downtown. It's a location that we just couldn't pass up."
The 833 E. Michigan building is pretty high-profile with a couple of large firms going in, Sosnowski said. "It's a great opportunity for us, both lunch and dinner, down in the central business district," he said.
The Madison Rare has been doing well and has proven so popular, "we thought Milwaukee needed Rare as an addition to the city," Sosnowski said.
The ground floor space will have floor-to-ceiling windows and a sidewalk patio.
“Rare Steakhouse will provide a high-quality dining destination for business meetings or for those headed to entertainment venues along the lakefront,” said Lyle Landowski, a leasing agent on the project.
The Sosnowskis also operate The Capital Tap Haus, Ivory Room Piano Bar and Buck & Badger Northwoods Lodge.