The cafe, which has been in the works for about two months, is a new addition for the longtime arts hub, which offers a network for folks in the creative community and offering support to nascent artists as they establish their careers. MARN relocated to the Broadway Lofts from its former space in the Marshall Building this fall.
“Initially we committed to a courtship of sorts, providing service for a series of MARN events,” says Interval owner Ryan Hoban, noting that he wanted to be sure that the cafe would be a fit for their brand. “As we moved forward, we witnessed the true density of the population and traffic in the area. And while I’ve been very good at creating destination spots, the idea of operating a cafe in a really busy district like the Third Ward was really compelling.”
Ultimately, he says, he agreed to staff the cafe, which will offer a menu of Interval coffee, beverages and a small cafe-style food menu for MARN guests.
“We are so excited to have partnered with the best local roaster, maker of coffee and friend of the arts,” says Mal Montoya, President and CEO of MARN. “We have one of the most brilliant locations here in the arts and entertainment district, and we’re excited to invite folks in to engage in the art of coffee, while also getting a taste of the work on display from local artists.”
Coffee + art = magic
The bright spacious cafe features high ceilings and sleek modern design elements enhanced by exposed Cream City brick walls.
The menu will include a wide variety of coffee and espresso-based beverages (from single origin espresso to lattes, Americanos and the like). But guests can also enjoy a curated selection of natural wines or a selection of spirits and house cocktails, including vermouths, amaros, mimosas and gin and tonics.
Housemade pastries and tartines will round out the cafe’s morning menu, with lunch options (including soups and sandwiches) rolling out as the day wears on. Bar snacks will also be available for folks who’d like to linger with drinks after 4 p.m.
Guests have the option to grab a coffee (or glass of wine) and peruse the art currently on display in the area just beyond the cafe. But they are also welcome to make themselves at home thanks to a variety of seating options, from high tops at the bar or low-top tables, plus a conversational lounge-style space near the front windows.
“This is such a compelling space, in and of itself, and it’s a good match for what we do,” says Hoban. “It’s really cool to be able to be a part of the arts and entertainment district in a space that really showcases some of the best things in Milwaukee.”
Interval at MARN opens Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 a.m. Hours moving forward will be Sunday to Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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