Cafe Benelux opens in the Historic Third Ward at 7 tomorrow morning offering a breakfast menu that includes traditional poutine with a breakfast twist, poached eggs; granola with yogurt, and eight versions of sweet and savory pannenkoeken, a large thin pancake that is standard fare in The Netherlands.
Located in the former Good Harvest Market, kitty-corner from the Milwaukee Public Market, Cafe Benelux is the newest member of the Lowlands Group, which also operates Trocadero, Cafe Hollander and Cafe Centraal. The bistro will serve food through the day and into the night, with its most expensive item a 6-ounce filet, priced at $20.95.
Thirty beers will be on tap, and nearly 200 are available for the adventurous connoisseur. Many can be purchased by the six-pack from the restaurant's market.
Lowlands marketing director Kristin Godfrey says the menu will be similar in style with the group's other eateries, but it will feature items exclusive to Benelux. "It is like Hollander and Trocadero had a baby," she quips.
A pre-opening party attended by more than 300 persons Tuesday night highlighted the open air rooftop dining deck that is accessed by a dramatic staircase in the center of the first floor. The deck offers a super bird's eye view of the Third Ward.
Two separate markets offer fresh and prepared food for carry out, and such gift shop items as T-shirts, baseball caps, glassware and stroopwafels, the devilishly delicious and chewy Dutch cookie-waffle.
Watch OnMilwaukee.com for a more detailed story about the new addition to the Third Ward.
"Lowlands marketing director Kristin Godfrey says the menu will be similar in style with the group's other eateries, but it will feature items exclusive to Benelux."
We sure hope that is the case. All their other restaurants have pretty much the same menu...they just call it something different at each place. I would rather they just create a "chain" restaurant instead of trying to make it out to be a "new" restaurant. That being said, I am sure we will give it a try, but if it is the same old same old, we will probably not return.
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