Stone Creek Coffee's Downtown "Factory," 422 N. 5th St., opens Saturday, Dec. 1 after a 10-month renovation project.
The grand opening starts at 7 a.m. with events throughout the day including tours of the roasting facility and kitchen, brew method demonstrations, coffee cuppings and samples from the new kitchen line. For the schedule of events, visit www.stonecreekcoffee.com.
The 124-year-old building was formerly used for roasting, wholesale, storage and office space.
It now also features Stone Creek's ninth retail café – as well as its largest – and the new Stone Creek Kitchen.
Executive Chef Aaron Patin is in charge of the new 1,500-square-foot kitchen, located on the second floor of the Factory. It will supply all of Stone Creek's cafes with made-from-scratch, freshly baked goods that have been designed to pair directly with the coffees.
"Coffee is the inspiration for what we are doing, and the food we are creating will relate back to that, in one way or another, " Patin said. "By focusing on seasonal ingredients and local sources, we want to elevate the morning coffee ritual."
The Factory will also be open to the public for tastings, coffee classes, meeting space and other events.
The cafe features two large sitting areas – one with most of the seating borders the barista station and one with a fireplace.
Much of the materials used to construct the cafe were reused and recycled items, including the wooden tables which were made from the ceiling beams.
There's also a new, massive skylight and a nine-foot-wide coffee cup perched a top the building that's visible from the freeway.
"The cup was (president / owner) Eric's dream," says Kristin Palser, wholesale and e-commerce director. "We're hoping to someday have smoke coming out of it."
According to Palser, the coffee cup could contain 10,000 regular cups of coffee and was designed to look like the mugs used inside the cafes.
The Factory renovations are part of a $1.3 million, two-year expansion and renovation that includes major improvements to all Stone Creek's neighborhood cafes. About 20 new permanent full-time jobs and additional part-time jobs will be created across the company over two years as a result.
"This project has been our dream for many years, and it's amazing to see it coming to fruition," said Eric Resch, wh0 founded the company in 1993. "Our location downtown and a block from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station gives us the unique opportunity to engage people from all over. We look forward to welcoming them into our home and sharing our coffee knowledge."
Award-winning Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. designed the new café, bakery and other public spaces in the Factory. The historic building was constructed in 1888 and 1889 and designed by acclaimed "Chicago School" architects Daniel Burnham and John Root.
Past occupants included a soap company, radio parts manufacturer, hosiery business, Boston Store warehouse, fixture supplier and antique dealer.
Stone Creek Factory will be open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published July 28, 2015
Exactly two years ago today, OnMilwaukee.com first reported that Alterra Coffee was changing its name to Colectivo. Do you still call it "Alterra" or has the "new" name stuck?
Published July 27, 2015
Last week, Fen - a 2-year-old pitbull - was most likely taken from his backyard in the Harambee neighborhood. His best friend and caregiver, Alana Wooldridge, would really like to get him back.
Published July 26, 2015
OnMilwaukee.com recently made the trek out to Panga and realized that it really wasn't much of a trek at all. Mike and Kristyn Eitel, who also own The Nomad and the BelAir chain, acquired the Oconomowoc-based Panga in early June.
Published July 25, 2015
Here's a review - and a video - of today's giant waterslide that stretched across four blocks in Downtown Milwaukee.
Published July 25, 2015
Bookworm gardens in Sheboygan is a magical place featuring creative, gorgeous gardens representing more than 65 children's books. It makes a great day trip for Milwaukeeans of all ages.
Published July 23, 2015
Some go to the Renaissance Faire for the turkey legs, but some go for the buffet of breasts.
Published July 23, 2015
Here are 10 things to do at the Faire. And no, "let your geek flag fly" did not make the list.
Published July 22, 2015
Earlier this month, Melissa Dorn Richards and Pamela Anderson transformed the top floor of the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St., and introduced Milwaukee to Material Studio + Gallery. The 6,900-square foot space formerly housed Plaid Tuba. Material will be open to the public on both Gallery Night and Day, July 24-25.
Published July 21, 2015
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about how my Little Free Library had been emptied out, repeatedly. Two days later, I received a very generous email.
Published July 18, 2015
This past week, a mural with Gov. Scott Walker's face and the words "down with the bitches and the hoes" went up on the side of the building that houses South Shore Gallery & Framing, 2627 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.