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Expect to see a menu similar to Downer Avenue's Café Hollander with the welcome addition of fresh mussels sold by the pound.

Cafe Centraal has arrived in Bay View


Diablos Rojos Restaurant Group blew the doors off Bay View last night with the grand opening of its fourth, and newest, casual restaurant meets fun and fantastic beer selection establishment, Café Centraal, 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

In what was a complete renovation of the former 16th Street Community Health Center on Lincoln and Kinnickinnic Avenues, Café Centraal brings Bay View's largest dining room and an impressive Dutch and Belgian beer selection to this already happening corner of Bay View. Nearby neighbors include longstanding favorite Café Lulu and Riviera Maya.

Expect to see a menu similar to Downer Avenue's Café Hollander with the welcome addition of fresh mussels sold by the pound. Hollander's famous split pea soup makes an appearance, as well as frites for dipping, sandwiches, entrees, and weekend brunch. Fun, contemporary music pumps throughout, and the east end of the lengthy bar is smoking, the main entrance side, non, to accommodate all your preferences.

Café Centraal's mid garage door entrance will eventually open to an urban courtyard that may or may not make an appearance before the snow flies, but regardless, the interior space is warm and inviting, with tables made of wine crates and smatterings of fresh flowers. And for those of you with little ones, Centraal has coloring materials at the door.

Café Centraal opens weekdays at 11 a.m., weekends at 8 a.m.


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luvtoeat | Sept. 26, 2008 at 3:15 p.m. (report)

I was there twice last week, Once for dinner and then back for the brunch on Sunday. Loved it! I especially liked the garage door idea to the courtyard!!!! I would like to see less of a smoking area though or maybe none at all!It was fine when we were there both times, but if it would get smoky, I am out of there!

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rjpierce | Sept. 24, 2008 at 12:08 p.m. (report)

Was there last Sunday in the afternoon. Such a great new place. So spacious. I liked that the menu was a little different than Hollander & Fat Abbey. Plus, they have sweet potato fries! Yay! The prices were decent. The bar itself is huge and there are plenty of tables throughout the place. Definitely felt that it would be roomy even if packed. Totally worth checking out.

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misobento | Sept. 23, 2008 at 12:56 p.m. (report)

You all are right, how dare a new restaurant open in town to give more dining options to Bay View...close it down and open another hair salon in its place, that will be wayyyy better.

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893_apes | Sept. 22, 2008 at 1:41 p.m. (report)

Well boozehound, if you "getting it" means you haven't a clue, then I understand your post. What do Centraal, The Fat Abbey, or Cafe Hollander have to do with Paris? They do not serve French food, French booze, or French attitude. Maybe your ignorance is what bores you, not the cafe's.

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boozehound | Sept. 19, 2008 at 9:08 p.m. (report)

eh it has almost the same exact menu as fat abbey. besides that, i grew bored a long time ago with diablos rojos places. same exact theme everywhere. its like "okay we get it, you're offering a little piece of paris here in milwaukee". zzzzzz.....

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