Though some minor work is still being done, the 600 East Cafe and Business Center has opened on the northeast corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Jackson Street.
Inside the cafe, 600 E. Wisconsin Ave., there is plenty of table seating in a warm space lined on two sides with windows (the Wisconsin Avenue frontage has flower boxes), with an exposed joist ceiling and hardwood floors.
Best of all for folks on the run is the walk-up window on the corner on the Jackson Street side.
The cafe serves bakery items, sandwiches and flatbreads, along with the usual list of hot and cold beverages like espresso drinks, tea, chai, hot chocolate, etc.
Most interestingly, perhaps, is that under the "Coffee of the Day" section of the menu, you can choose from three sizes of "Anodyne" or "Colectivo," allowing each roaster's devotees to remain faithful.
The business center aspect offers three conference rooms and seven offices for rent.
A catering service is expected to launch soon, too.
No time for coffee when I went past today, but I plan to go back and use that walk-up window tomorrow!
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.