As Milwaukeeans, beer lovers, design professionals (and parents) we saw Good City as a stand-out upon its arrival. Our experience left us telling our friends about the great vibe that the east side location has. A place where a beer geek, businessman, bride and young family feel like it is the right place for them. Good City's keen eye on product, brand and packaging has helped you stand out in a crowded field.

You are built to grow and have seized on a rare opportunity. As the local anchor in the Live Block development you will undoubtedly elevate your brand exposure to a new audience of thirsty, yet discerning patrons. This is an opportunity to leverage what you have created, and when done well, it will take the brand to a new level.

We are the partner for this next step. We will synchronize your product, brand and experience, into a new memorable place that people seek out and talk about. You will have Kahler Slater's recognized expertise in designing retail, restaurant, hospitality and branded environments at your command, supplementing your already strong team. We love your beer and the brand you have created around it. We love this city and designing awesome places. This is what stirs our passions, rest assured you will have the full attention of our best.

Thank you for the opportunity, we hope that you will entrust us with this important role in the future of Good City.

Your Team

Amber MacCracken

Amber is your primary contact and the design leader of our project team. Her passion for bar and restaurant design has blossomed into a strong portfolio of highly recognizable brands and clients. Amber’s design approach is collaborative and centered on the client’s vision. At home or professionally, she knows her way around a Kitchen and is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Amber is a local girl that loves all things Milwaukee. On any given night you will find her dining-out with her family, preferably with a Risk IPA in hand.

Tony LaPorte

As your environmental brand designer, Tony will ensure that your patrons are immersed in the Good City brand. He will build brand awareness by using the walls of the new space as canvas for storytelling. Amber and Tony collaborate frequently, the Snap-On project holds a special place in both their hearts. Tony's project (and life) motto: Drink more Motto.

Ethan Skeels

Ethan is a true Renaissance man. He will be in close-contact during the design process and holds down the technical end of some of our most intense projects. Ethan provides continuity for the design details in the critical last-mile of construction. Ethan has never met a beer he didn’t like, but feels like he owes Ray for introducing him to Russian Imperial Stouts.

Glenn Roby

Glenn’s knowledge of the design and development process brings depth to the team in many ways. His influence on the project is constant through all phases but is often not direct with the Owner. Glenn takes pride in his client’s and his team’s success and works hard to support them both. Glenn always has a toast at the ready to celebrate the project’s hard-won success.



When considering the design challenge and scope we made the following assumptions:

  • Our assumed construction cost for the first floor is $1,450,000 and $500,000 for the second floor.
  • Kahler Slater will team with a kitchen equipment supplier (Megan Scott from Boelter is preferred). Boelter will produce kitchen equipment drawings and schedules and will be integral in the MEP coordination process for equipment loads and connection needs.
  • Kahler Slater will coordinate with the Owner’s consultants for security, low voltage and audio/visual design. Our design will incorporate AV concepts that will be the basis for the further coordination.
  • Kahler slater will provide basis-of-design solution for the furniture items and will work with your vender to coordinate the procurement process. A competitive bidding process is available for an additional fee.

Kahler Slater proposes to complete the scope required in the Request for Proposals for One Hundred and Forty-Eight thousand dollars ($148,000)

The total breaks down as follows:

Schematic Design Phase
Design Development and CD Phase
Bidding and Construction Administration Phase
Lighting Design1
Six (6) Photo-real renderings2


On a per floor basis, our best estimate of the breakout by floor would be:

First Floor
Second Floor


1Lighting design will be a collaboration with Holly Blomquist of Ring & DuChateau.

2Static Images are $1,500 each. We would also like to share ideas for dynamic images.

Hourly Rates:

Project Architect
$80 - $110/hour
Interior Designer
$75 - $110/hour
Administrative Coordinator

Client References

Joe Bartolotta – President, Bartolotta Restaurants
Iain Boyd – VP of operations/Development, Snap-on
David Rotholz - Managing Partner, Rotholz LLC (fmr. SVP at Mesirow Financial)