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Five New Restaurants at Mayfair Collection?

Even Pizza Man will open there, in a big week for new dining options.

By - Oct 13th, 2014 12:17 pm
Pizza Man. Photo by Dave Reid.

Pizza Man. Photo by Dave Reid.

The still new Mayfair Collection bills itself as “Mayfair Mall’s stylish new neighbor… the exciting new retail, dining and nightlife destination in Wauwatosa.” So naturally the new shopping center needs some dining options — and it is getting them.

For starters, the Corner Bakery Café will open a location there soon. The national franchiser already has 174 locations on corners across the U.S., but that includes not one in Cheeseland. The company, however, says the Mayfair Collection cafe is the first of 10 new franchise locations planned for Milwaukee and Madison over the next five years. The restaurant, which has a been a favorite in Chicago for years, is a café-deli that serves coffee and desserts, has a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, and offers catering service.

East side favorite Pizza Man, which for decades offered just its one location, will open a second restaurant east of Corner Bakery Café in the Mayfair Collection next spring. The new restaurant will have room for 200 people and include an outdoor patio.

Then there is the always-ready-to expand Bartolotta Restaurants, which will open three new locations at The Mayfair Collection. The first is a diner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner scheduled to be ready by Thanksgiving. The second is a pub, with a planned April opening, which may serve beer from a local brewery. The last is a French restaurant similar in tone to Lake Park Bistro. Back in April the Journal Sentinel covered the deal Bartolotta Restaurants struck with Phoenix Development Partners to open these restaurants.

Moving back toward town, Nino’s Southern Sides is opening this November in the former location of Shorewood’s Al Calderone Club. The new restaurant will center around home-style side dishes of varying size, but will include a selection of main dishes for folks who are looking for an entire meal to go. Owner Valerie Daniels-Carter is planning a second location, Nino’s Southern Sides Express at 3070 MLK Dr., to open in time for this year’s holiday season.

Pita Brothers is planning their soft opening this December at 1614 W. Wisconsin Ave. Owners Vijay and Manoj Swearingen started Pita Brothers back in 2009 with a 100 percent, battery-electric food truck. The short menu centers around Lebanese flatbread and offers nine different wraps. An array of combinations are offered to foodies that include chicken, steak, bacon and sauces. Falafel, fresh veg and homemade hummus are choices for vegetarians and vegans. Pita Brothers has qualified for a Chase Mission Main Street Grant after clearing the 250 vote mark yesterday. The business awaits a panel review outcome for the $150,000 grant that is to be awarded next January.

Anodyne Coffee Co. has opened in the southwest corner of Milwaukee Public Market where Cedarburg Coffee Roastery used to be. The space has been remodeled to include a wooden coffee bar constructed from beams taken from Anodyne’s main location in Walker’s Point. They are offering 20 percent off bags of their Milwaukee Public Market Blend through October.

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