Biz Buzz Monday: SW Wisconsin steakhouse hopes to serve up local flavor

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LANCASTER, Wis. — A new steakhouse focusing on promoting local livestock operations has opened in southwest Wisconsin.

Madison Street Steakhouse & Grill recently opened at 103 N. Madison Street in Lancaster. The steakhouse is open Thursday and Friday evenings and serves a variety of steaks and sandwiches.

Restaurant owner Kelsi Retallick said all the beef served at the steakhouse comes from her family’s farm in Glen Haven, Wis., roughly 25 minutes outside Lancaster, and the pork is sourced locally from another area operation.

“We raise all of our own beef, so it really is a farm-to-table program,” Retallick said. “I’m looking forward to engaging with our customers and being able to promote local agriculture and promote the livestock industry.”

Madison Street Steakhouse operates out of the space adjacent to The Meat Shoppe, a butcher shop Retallick co-owns with her parents. The space previously operated as Karla’s Kitchen, a restaurant that closed earlier this year.

When that restaurant closed, Retallick said she saw an opportunity to expand on The Meat Shoppe’s success and reach out to a larger clientele.

“All of our meat comes directly from The Meat Shoppe,” she said. “We wanted to tailor the space to a larger audience and be able to promote our steaks that you might not find at other places around here.”

The menu at Madison Street Steakhouse includes a variety of steaks, including ribeye, sirloin and filet mignon. Customers also can choose from burgers, a slow-smoked brisket sandwich and a mix of appetizers and sides.

The main dining area can hold 40 to 50 people, Retallick said, with overflow seating in the bar and back room for an additional 20 diners. In addition to its dining hours, the space also can be rented for catered parties or events.

“We’ve had a great crowd, and we’re already booking parties,” Retallick said. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback, and everyone’s been so welcoming.”

The steakhouse currently is open to the public from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and for reservations throughout the week. Interested parties can contact the restaurant at 608-723-7979.