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More Cafes for Coffee Lovers

New places by Anodyne and Stone Creek; and new restaurants Morel and RiverMillFoods opening.

By - Jul 28th, 2014 11:46 am
Milwaukee Public Market. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Milwaukee Public Market. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

If Milwaukee ever becomes the city that never sleeps, it may be because everyone is drinking so much fresh-brewed, Fair Trade coffee. Java looms large in this week’s edition of Now Serving.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. will move into the 500-square-foot space in the southwest corner of the Milwaukee Public Market, replacing the now defunct Cedarburg Coffee Roastery. The coffee shop across from Margarita Paradise and The Spice House will start a complete redesign in August. But coffee lovers will still be able to buy drinks throughout the construction process. Anodyne already has locations in Bay View and Walker’s Point. Cedarburg Coffee Roastery will remain open at the company’s Cedarburg location.

Stone Creek Coffee: Opening August 18, this new coffee bar and bakery is set to begin operation next to the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s reception desk. The coffee bar will serve Stone Creek’s coffees and teas as well as bakery items. Located at 1721 W. Canal St., Potawatomi has also brought on Stone Creek to supply the 19-floor, 381-room hotel with the retailer’s coffees.

Nourri: The restaurant formally known as Cafe Perrin in Washington Heights is undergoing a remodel. The space will reopen as Nourri, from the French “nourrir,” to nourish. Owners have hired Christian Schroeder as head chef, who will help them shift from daytime dining to an emphasis on dinner. The restaurant will, however, serve weekend brunch and weekday lunch. Remodeling will take place between August 10 and 15; The updated menu at 5901 W. Vliet St. will feature small plate options; lunch will offer some small plates, sandwiches and salads.

RiverMillFoods, formerly located in Downtown Waukesha, has remodeled the former Nora B’s (890 Elm Grove Road in Elm Grove) and has moved into in its new, larger home.The restaurant moved to be more centrally located to its catering clients, owner Laurie Runyan said. It will serve sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, breads and cheesecake, and has now added breakfast items.

Morel: We’ve written about this one before. With a contemporary American menu and locally sourced ingredients, this seasonal restaurant finally opened its doors to the public on Friday. Morel, located at 430 S. 2nd St. in Walker’s Point, houses a 40 foot bar, lounge area, and dining room which seats 40 guests. The restaurant serves dinner from 5pm to 9pm Tuesdays through Thursdays and 5pm to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations can be made at (414) 897-0747.

Story Hill BKC: Another place we’ve written about, but more details have been released. From the owners of Maxie’s and Blue’s Egg comes this hybrid coffee shop, restaurant, and retail shop located at 5102 W Bluemound Rd. Chef and co-owner Joe Muench hopes to have the space up and running August 15. The restaurant will feature a Hartland home’s repurposed floorboards as the bar’s backdrop, a metal ceiling from a silo, and a bar made from tornado damaged trees. For drinks, Story Hill will offer several beers on tap, coffees, wine, and cocktails. Breakfast and lunch will be European inspired with pastries, crêpes and baked egg dishes, as well as meat and spread dishes. Lunch will include soups, salads, and sandwiches, with unique sides like marinated vegetables and jalapeño slaw. The dinner menu revolves around sharing; the idea is to order several large dishes which can be shared amongst the group. Story Hill will serve breakfast and lunch all week and dinner on Tuesday through Saturday.

Brenner Brewing Company: Located at 706 S. 5th St., its owner Mike Brenner will gives patrons the opportunity to go on a brewery tour, relax in their tasting room, or simply buy a bottle to go. An opening date is yet to be determined. Brenner beer can be found in area liquor stores and bars like Blackbird, the Garage, Rumpus Room, Palomino, Cafe Hollander, Burnhearts, Comet Cafe, and Hotel Foster; the company currently has four beers on tap at its 5th street location.

TGI Fridays: The Miller Park location, damaged by a fire Monday morning, has reopened. The restaurant will be available to ticket holders but will offer mostly drinks. Limited food service will be offered to Friday’s Home Run Porch or Friday’s Bullpen seating areas.

Tuk’s Thai Kitchen: Another place we previewed has now opened. Owners Tim Nelson and his wife Suchada Nelson are now operating their Riverwest Taiwanese restaurant Friday, located at 1000 E. Locust St. The building formerly housed Antonio’s Pizza. Tuk’s is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm. The menu is a mixture of half-dozen sauteed dishes, appetizers like fried pork spring rolls, satay chicken, and vegetable rolls, as well as soups, salads, curries, noodle dishes, and pad Thai.

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Village Pub: Opened in 1963 at 4488 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, the restaurant was becoming “cost prohibitive,” owner Dennis Cox said. The village of Shorewood did grant the space a new liquor license with the hope that Village Pub would pay off its pending taxes. According to village manager Chris Swartz, the pub owed a sum of $4,000 in 2013 property taxes. Maybe Cox should have tried a coffee house.

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