By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Anodyne Coffee has been announced as the first tenant for the Mequon Public Market, a curated development which aims to be a go-to destination for prepared foods, farm fresh produce, music and culture.

"The Mequon Public Market honors history, promotes growth, and provides an outlet for community arts," notes Operations Director Jenni Vetter. "It is a place to celebrate culture, support local and regional farmers, food artisans and entrepreneurs. The new space will bring people together to laugh, taste, learn and connect."

The new cafe, owned by Matthew and Lacee McClutchy, will feature full coffee service, tea and local craft beer. It will be the fifth location for Anodyne, which also operates cafes in Bay View, Walker’s Point, Wauwatosa and in the Milwaukee Public Market in the Third Ward.

"Lacee and I are very excited to be a part of the Spur 16 development," notes McClutchy. "From the beautiful public works buildings that will be re-purposed to the infectious positivity of working with Cindy [Shaffer] and Jenni [Vetter], we believe Spur 16 will be a fantastic and valuable addition to the already vibrant Mequon and North Shore communities."

Second St. Paul Fish Market and more

The Mequon Public Market – which will eventually house 10 vendors and a summer farmers market – is part of a larger 14-acre development called Spur 16. Named in honor of the Milwaukee and Northern Train spur, which historically operated at the site, the project is located just west of the Mequon Town Center and east of Buntrock Avenue.

The mixed-use development, spearheaded by Mequon-based Shaffer Development and designed by Engberg Anderson Architects, will include a rehab of three buildings, all dating to the 1940s, including a building formerly used by the Department of Public Works.

Plans include the addition of residential housing, a health and wellness center and a second location for St. Paul Fish Market, which will occupy a 10,000-square foot building just to the west of the Public Market. There, they will operate a fish market, oyster bar and sit-down restaurant that will seat up to 200. An extensive patio space and indoor private dining area is also in the plan.

Work has begun on the project and an official ground-breaking is planned for April. If all goes as planned, the market will open in late summer or early fall.

Additional partners for the Mequon Public Market will be announced in the coming months.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.