Restoring Classic Bars and Restaurants Requires a Light Touch

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

John Dye is the owner of Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, Jazz Estate and At Random in Milwaukee.

My 30 years in the restaurant business has led me to a unique specialization: I restore and preserve historic cocktail lounges in Milwaukee, one of America’s most underrated cities.

My latest project involved purchasing and restoring At Random Cocktail Lounge, a gem of a mid-century cocktail lounge located in the Bay View neighborhood of...