“We’ll put sunshine in your smile and spring in your heart!” – Betty von Rutenberg


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 a hot spot for great burgers, fries and shakes.  Many customers today still mention how they loved those Nibble Nook burgers!


News & Events

Summer Restaurant Week – July 20 – 26, 2014

Captain Bill’s

Summer Restaurant Week Dinner Menu ~ $25

Available July 20th – July 26th, 2014

3 Courses – Choose 1 item from each


 Captain Bill’s World Famous Clam Chowder

as seen on The Food Network

Mixed Green Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Mixed baby spring greens, red onions and our citrus vinaigrette

Shrimp & Lobster Louis Stuffed Tomato

Crisp tomato stuffed with creamy shrimp and lobster Louis, resting on a bed of
greens and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette


All served with side vegetable

Surf and Turf

A Tenderloin Filet with a Lobster Tail
(Turf only option- 12 oz. New York Strip Steak)

-or-  upgrade to a 12oz. New York Strip with the Surf & Turf for only $10 more

Grilled Chicken Breast with Heirloom Tomato & Onion Relish

Succulent chicken breast is grilled and topped with an Organic Locally grown

Heirloom Tomato and Onion Relish

Cedar Planked Salmon

A hand-cut fillet of Atlantic Salmon, oven roasted on a cedar plank
and drizzled with a honey, brown sugar and whole-grain mustard sauce


Key Lime Pie

A family favorite of ours, and soon to become a favorite of yours too!

 Pineapple Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Sweet pineapple glaze tops our shortbread cake blended with coconut and a slice of

 pineapple and served warm with strawberries.

 Double Chocolate Brownie a la mode

Our house-made Chocolate Brownie served with
Chocolate Shoppe Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Top Shelf Summer Taste Event, 8/25

For NTG 57Madison Magazine will be hosting their 3rd annual Top Shelf Summer Taste event on August 25th beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $35. Unfortunately, we do not sell tickets here at the restaurant. Live Music will be played during the event from Natty Nation! Each attendee will also receive a complimentary full size cupcake from Cupcakes A-Go-Go! Join us here for this great event.

Mariner’s “BBQ and Microbrews”


Thursday, October 9th

Join us for a backyard BBQ!

Enjoy local Microbrews and get to know Chef Jesse more >