Every day at Stone Creek Coffee we are granted the opportunity to challenge ourselves. We embrace the challenge to improve the world around us, the challenge to be better coffee professionals, and the challenge to build a better company. These challenges drive us to invest in our home city. Today we proudly announce the next step in our journey to reinvent the “brew” in Brew City: a Stone Creek Coffee cafe at 2650 N Downer Avenue on Milwaukee’s East Side.
Stone Creek Coffee’s founder and co-owner, Eric Resch, refers to this new cafe as a very personal project. “I lived a few houses north of this site on Downer. I celebrated a lot of great milestones there: my first house, getting married, and our first son. For years we watched as the street changed. The old bank site is an important anchor of this street, and it has been empty for a long time. We are excited to rehab this corner and make it awesome.”
The awesomeness has been developed in collaboration with Stone Creek Coffee’s close partners, LP/w Design Studios. The unique features of this cafe will include a large three-season porch with open-air seating integrated into a newly developed patio and green space. The exterior of the building will highlight the original building materials and establish a timeless anchor to the neighborhood. Finally, Stone Creek Coffee will introduce a walk-up service concept accessible from the exterior sidewalk in an effort to add to the already strong outdoor culture of the community.
This undertaking hasn’t come without challenges. The Stone Creek Coffee crew spent many hours to get this project off the ground. “This was a complicated deal,” Resch said. “It was a tad complicated because we were committed to not only rehabbing the building, but also creating a coffee patio to replace the dilapidated corner parking lot. This is about reinventing an iconic corner in Milwaukee, and it’s going to be sweet.” Melissa Perez, Stone Creek’s Digital Experience Director and Co-Owner, added: “Eric and I have spent many years trying to find an East Side location that fit the coffee vibes we are working to create. We have had our eye on this corner for over a decade, and after a year of ‘behind the scenes’ work things finally came together.”
The cafe will open late fall 2017.