Chefs and Restaurants

2014 Chef to Watch Justin Carlisle on the Staying Power of Milwaukee's Ardent

Plate Staff

Ardent is 10 years old and still going strong. What are the keys to its longevity?

In 2014, after 17 years in the industry, I began the journey of opening my dream restaurant: Ardent. As is the ebb and flow of this industry, the 10 years since have presented failures and successes. I have always believed that a smaller restaurant weathers unpredictability. It also provides an intimate space for diners to experience our incredibly personal...