News from Food Fight: Eldorado Grill closing, but new restaurants on the way

Southwest-style restaurant will go, but Manny's Parkside in Manitowish Waters just opened, and two new restaurants are yet to be announced.
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Food Fight Restaurant Group announced Eldorado Grill will be closing at the end of August. This closure follows the opening of Food Fight’s newest endeavor, Manny’s Parkside, located in Manitowish Waters, which is Food Fight’s first restaurant outside of the greater Madison area. Additionally, two new Food Fight restaurant projects are set to open in 2023.

Eldorado Grill, known for its Southwestern food and extensive drink list, opened its doors in 1998 on Williamson Street. As the restaurant neared the end of its lease, the decision to close was made mainly due to pandemic setbacks, according to a news release. Food Fight’s CEO Caitlin Suemnicht cites the restaurant’s year-long closure, the lack of carryout orders, staffing issues and not receiving Restaurant Revitalization Funds as the primary reasons for the closure.

“We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished at Eldorado Grill over the last 25 years,” says Jordan Bright, managing partner with Food Fight Restaurant Group. “We’ve had fantastic teams at Eldorado Grill since the beginning and I can’t thank them enough for their passion and dedication over the decades.”

Food Fight Restaurant Group owns and operates 18 restaurants in the greater Madison area and one restaurant in the northwoods of Wisconsin. The group formed in 1994 when Monty Schiro and Peder Moren opened Monty’s Blue Plate diner on Atwood Avenue.


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Manny’s Parkside, which opened earlier this summer, is a lakeside eatery serving classic American dishes with a modern and Wisconsin-y twist. The menu features fish fry, burgers, cuts of steak, meatloaf, chili, curds and more. There’s also a backyard area featuring a live music stage, fire pits, yard games, a volleyball court and a retractable roof over the bar.

“Although we never thought we’d have a restaurant in northern Wisconsin, when the opportunity presented itself, we couldn’t pass it up,” says Suemnicht.

Manny’s Parkside is also the first restaurant that Food Fight shares ownership – the group plays a purely managerial and operational role while local owner David Simon “manages the menu and staff development, day-to-day restaurant operations, and administrative services like accounting, payroll, human resources, marketing and art direction.”

Food Fight also recently shared its plans for two new restaurants with openings slated for 2023. More details on the projects will be released soon.

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