Rossario’s restaurant reportedly closing

A reader has informed us that long time Monona restaurant, Rossario’s, will close as of this weekend. The last day is September 3.

The move doesn’t shock us, but it still makes us sad. Many Monona residents have great memories of the old fashion supper club.

The closing isn’t a surprise. The restaurant had cut back hours in the last few years. The interior needed an overhaul. Faded decor and paint, aging tables and chairs – they all were part of Rossario’s. A recent trip revealed limited staff trying to do too many things. The restaurant simply wasn’t making enough to justify the money needed to update the facility.

The negatives aside, Rossario’s will leave us with many fond memories:

Great tasting, old school pasta dishes. Spaghetti on a board. The packed bar area of regulars (okay, the smoke wasn’t fun). The wonderful desserts. Bringing home a jar of Rossario’s sauce. The old time decor. Fish fry. I always enjoyed their steaks as well, something not many people ate there.

The person who contacted us said the owner has sold the restaurant, but gave no indications of what will go into the space. The current strip mall Rossario’s is located in is pretty awful. A major renovation of this area would be welcome.

So, assuming this is true, go out and have one last meal or drink at an old-time Monona haunt.

Rossario’s, thanks for the memories.


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  1. Michele

     /  August 31, 2011

    My husband worked at Rossario’s for the past 9 years. The business has been slowing down for a while. Kurt always had great things to say about the regulars (not only the ones sitting at the bar) but the ones who would order the same thing every week. I think that is the part of Rossario’s closing that will hurt the most. Ross has been very generous with helping the employees other job opportunities. Not sure how much to share but we were told the restaurant was sold to a national chain type restaurant and they will be gutting out the old furnishings. I always enjoyed looking at all the old pictures of the Greenbush neighborhood. Maybe because Ross and my dad, Turk, went way back. I wish Ross a happy retirement. It is well deserved! Thanks again for all the memories and Salute!
    As for my husband and the job. Well that is in God’s hands and we will hope for the best.

  2. Anonymous

     /  September 1, 2011




  3. S. Earle

     /  September 6, 2011

    Salad Creations?

  4. SweetRoll

     /  September 7, 2011

    Where are the comments?

  5. Diamond

     /  September 9, 2011

    as slow as the site has been, I vote for eliminating the filter!

  6. Thomas Crapper

     /  September 12, 2011

    I’m dying to know who opens in their spot. We don’t need any more fast food.

  7. Geno

     /  September 12, 2011

    Salad creations. basically subway but salads. Have a location on west side. Copps already has a huge salad bar. And cheaper and just as good

  8. Diamond

     /  September 13, 2011

    Start the timer for how quick this place will go out of business. Great idea in a business park for the quick lunch pickup, not next to the emtpy Tower Hill Place (think that’s what its called)!

  9. toss my salad

     /  September 16, 2011

    Salad Creations actually looks pretty good. Take a look at their ginger salmon one:

    Oooh faa faaa!!!!!!!!!

  10. Cheech

     /  September 16, 2011

    A locally owned, independent business gets replaced by a chain. Fan-freaking-tastic. Welcome to America.

  11. Foo on me

     /  September 19, 2011

    Cheech: Tis’ capitalism.

  12. Foo on me

     /  September 19, 2011

    While at heart I agree with you, look at the tons of vacancies that we have on Monona Drive. It looks like sh*t. I welcome, with open arms, anyone who wants to invest money into it. There is still plenty of room for a local folks to open a business.

  13. Cheech

     /  September 19, 2011

    Yes, Foo, I know. It was more of a general comment on the state of things all over the place.

  14. It's me

     /  October 11, 2011

    The owner said that Salad Creations paid more for the building than what it’s worth. Stopped by while he was there and I bought the kitchen cutting board for $3. And my friend bought the stained glass windows for much more.

  15. Lucien

     /  January 7, 2013

    Yeah, how about it? Spending money on stuff like this in the current eoinomcc climate is flat out silly. Mayor Bob, I hope that you’re listening. It may be silly in the eoinomcc climate, but it makes sense in the political climate. Walker’s budget fixes the cities’ revenues, based on how much they spend, not what they save. In the past, the levy limits went up each year by about 2%. If you came in under that (Monona was under by like $150,000), that levy limit was still there to base the following budget upon.Under Walker’s proposal, the levy limit will be based on how much the city spends, and this amount will go up about 2% each year. Even if they don’t need what they buy, they need to spend the money to keep the budget inflated enough so there is room when they really do need something.

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