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Nau-Ti-Gal Waterfront Restaurant
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5360 Westport Road
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Nau-Ti-Gal, outdoor dining, Madison Original, von Rutenberg, waterfront dining, lakeshore dining, brunch, fish fry, volleyball, music, catering, independent Restaurants, Food & Beverages Jack von Rutenberg
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A family owned and operated waterfront tradition, Nau-Ti-Gal offers casual waterfront dining where the emphasis is on FUN: Lunch, brunch, dinner, snacks and awesome beverages! Madison's first outdoor deck dining, complete with outdoor bar and volleyball. We also offer one-of-a-kind outdoor banquets. Come by water or by land and enjoy our relaxing atmosphere and delicious food. We're known for our Friday Fish Fry and Madison's #1 Sunday Brunch, but there's something for everyone on the Nau-Ti-Gal's menu.
The Nau-Ti-Gal features local beer and wine 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 Nau-Ti-Gal is part of von Rutenberg Ventures. von Rutenberg Ventures specializes in waterfront hospitality and development. The origin 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, a Madison landmark). In the 80's the von Rutenberg's saw a need for casual lake front dining and in 1982 The Nau-Ti-Gal was born. In the 90¿s, the von Rutenbergs saw a need for a moderately priced seafood restaurant. So, in 1993 Captain Bill's was created on the western shore of Lake Mendota in Middleton. Betty Lou Cruises launched its first yacht in 1998 rounding out the family of waterfront businesses of von Rutenberg Ventures.

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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von Rutenberg