Our Story

Originally built in 1908, BJ Wentker's has adorned the intersection of Milwaukee St and McHenry St for over 100 years. The restaurant and bar are built into and grew with the city of Burlington. Over the last century, owners of BJ Wentker's have kept and protected original structures like our Old Time American Standby bar, original tiled floor, and adorned tin ceiling. The rich history, original building structures, and historic momentos makes a meal one to remember. 


In the Kitchen

Chef Tommy Carroll has been behind the grill for 24 years and counting. Graduating from the Illinois Institute of the Arts-Chicago, his knowledge and expertise goes unmatched. He prides himself on dreaming up new meals and recipes from scratch, including our one of a kind Cod Cakes.