Tim Doherty, owner of the three Syrup breakfast restaurants in Cherry Creek, City Park and downtown, just unveiled the Shanty Supper Club, a "Wisconsin inspired supper club" that springs from the owner's Milwaukee roots, according to the Shanty website.
Even for those who didn't grow up in the Midwest, any mention of Wisconsin food evokes fried cheese curds, and the Shanty won't disappoint those in search of that regional bar snack. Beyond curds, there will be a Friday fish fry and Saturday prime rib night, according to bartender Mookie Donovan, who notes that the restaurant opened over the weekend and will now welcome guests from 3 to 10 p.m. every day but Monday, staying open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Other specialties that will be a welcome sight for Great Lakes expats are fried walleye, a stuffed burger (bulging with bacon and fried onions in addition to the standard cheddar) and a butter burger, both weighing in at a half-pound. A comfort-food selection of pot roast, pot pie (with chicken or wild mushrooms) and mac and cheese rounds out the roster. And the bar slate wouldn't be complete without a brandy Old Fashioned, here called the "Sconnie."
Doherty launched his Syrup empire in 2010 with the Cherry Creek location at 300 Josephine before expanding to the other two spots. The Shanty joins a recent influx of other Midwestern-themed bars and eateries, including Wally's Wisconsin Tavern, the Midwestern Saloon and Officers Club.