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Mariner's Inn
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5339 Lighthouse Bay Drive
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A family owned and operated waterfront tradition, The Mariner's Inn is one of Madison's landmark restaurants. Since opening in 1966 the von Rutenberg family has served many memorable meals, while creating memories that last a lifetime. The original supper club menu of steaks and seafood is joined today by innovative chef¿s creations that are sure to please everyone. The Mariner's Inn is the perfect location for an intimate dinner for two, family gatherings, spending time with friends, business dinners and private group events from corporate parties to rehearsal dinners and weddings.
The Mariner's Inn features local beer, wine and food items on the menu. As members of Madison Originals and Dane Buy Local, the von Rutenbergs support the local community through purchasing locally, featuring local artisans on the menus, partnering with other local businesses, and impacting the local economy by banking locally and employing over 250 employees at the various businesses that are part of von Rutenberg Ventures.
The start of von Rutenberg Ventures goes back to 1961 when Bill and Betty von Rutenberg struck out on their own and purchased the Nibble Nook. This tiny eight stool hamburger spot (on East Washington Avenue just off the square) soon became hot spot for great burgers, fries, and shakes. Many customers today still mention how they loved those Nibble Nook burgers!

Five years later in 1966, Bill and Betty sold the Nibble Nook and bought Jack Burke¿s Supper Club (now the Mariner's Inn). Since that time, the von Rutenberg family has expanded both the menu and the building several times so that now The Mariner's Inn is truly one of Madison's landmark restaurants. Over the years the Mariner's has served many memorable meals creating many great memories for area families and businesses. The Mariner's Inn features steak and seafood but also has poultry and vegetarian dishes sure to please everyone's palate.

Eventually two other waterfront restaurants were added. The Nau-Ti-Gal was born in 1982 and Captain Bill's was created in 1993. Betty Lou Cruises launched its first yacht in 1998 and provides public and private cruises on Lakes Monona and Lake Mendota.

Bill and Betty's son's, Bill, Jack, and Robert, along with their outstanding crew, now carry on the tradition of waterfront hospitality of von Rutenberg Ventures. As Betty always said, "We'll put sunshine in your smile and spring in your heart!"
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