By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 10, 2018 at 12:26 PM

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The forthcoming Mequon Public Market at Spur 16, 6300 W. Mequon Rd., is upping the ante with yet another delicious vendor.

Award winning sushi and Asian bistro Screaming Tuna has been named as the latest vendor on a docket of 10, which includes popular brands including Anodyne Coffee, Beans and Barley, Purple Door Ice Cream, Café Corazon, Bavette La Boucherie and Happy Dough Lucky.

The popular sushi restaurant operated by co-owners Cristian Vega and Jeff Bronstad, opened along the Milwaukee riverfront in 2011. Among factors that set the venue apart is its (first in Wisconsin) partnership with Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, a step which placed Screaming Tuna solidly at the forefront of sustainable seafood in the region.

In fact, the commitment to sustainability – which aligns with Spur 16’s mission to be a good steward of our land and to create collaborative community developments – is one of the primary factors that attracted developer Cindy Shaffer to approach the restaurant.

"We looked at a move to Mequon in the past, but never saw a space that fit the style of Screaming Tuna, until Spur 16," notes Vega. "We couldn't be more excited about the plans for the Mequon Public Market. And with our emphasis on community, we're thrilled at the prospect to work in an environment with so many names we love. It doesn’t hurt that the group behind the
development is pretty rad too."

Jenni Vetter, director of operations at Shaffer Development, is excited about the variety of options Mequon Public Market will offer to the community.

"We have curated an outstanding group of locally owned restaurants that have come together to be a part of the Mequon Public Market at Spur 16," she says. "And we have even more vendors committed that will be announced in the coming months."

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.