Something new has been brewing just behind The Nomad World Pub on Brady Street.
After an extended soft opening, Nomad Coffee Bar, a new concept from Mike Eitel of Caravan Hospitality, is slated to make its grand debut next weekend at 1668 N. Warren Ave., adjacent to the popular soccer-themed pub.
During the festivities, which will take place Nov. 6-7, guests are invited to enjoy a free cup of the house coffee (all you have to do is download the new NCB app), plus music from live DJs including DJ Marcus Doucette on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and DJ Buttersauce on Sunday before and during the Packer Game.
“Most folks may not remember that the Nomad first opened in 1995 with a large coffee component during the morning hours. But as the street started to revitalize, there were suddenly four independent coffee shops and a Starbucks in the span of a few blocks, so we pulled that day part away,” says Eitel.
“As we began to see the outdoor-only business model save us from extinction during the pandemic, we realized we had an opening with breakfast and coffee to compliment all the outdoor decks and TVs during the day.”
What to expect
The new cafe, which comes complete with a covered, heated deck (plus Nomad’s parklet and patio), will operate seven days a week, with hours beginning at 7 a.m. daily and even earlier on weekends to accommodate morning soccer matches.
The cafe will feature a full complement of coffee drinks made with two specialty blends (House and Matchday) created in collaboration with Valentine Coffee Roasters. Each blend will feature beans from Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Kenya and Sumatra. A single origin Sumatran dark roast called Nomad Black is also in the works.
Guests can sample the blends in a variety of ways, from hot drinks and espresso to cold brew, nitro and bags of beans to brew at home. In addition to coffee, Nomad will also serve Rishi teas and hot chocolate.
But there will also be boozy beverages, including Offsides (Nomad cold brew, Jameson, Bailey’s) and Toe Poke (Nomad House blend, ginger brandy, whipped cream and cinnamon), will also be available. In fact, guests are also invited to “Bend It,” themselves by adding their choice of 25 hand-selected liqueurs and spirits to any coffee, tea or hot cocoa beverage.
Of course, Henry Meza, Caravan Hospitality’s culinary director, has also curated a menu of unique breakfast and lunch items, from pastries and baked goods to unique items like the Chicharito burrito, Maldini panini and PSG Street Sammy.
There will also be Golden Goal waffles (with toppings like Nutella, peanut butter and fruit), plus fresh fruit and cold brew smoothies, a bloody mary bar and mimosas.
To make the ordering process simple and seamless, Nomad Coffee Bar has also implemented a custom app created by OneDine, which allows guests to place their orders in advance for quick pick-up, as well as placing orders (and re-orders) from the venue’s patio.
“I’m really excited to be bringing coffee back to Nomad after all these years,” said Eitel. “The concept sort of evolved as an offshoot of our patio when we made the decision to stay open outside all year long. We plan to keep our outdoor areas open through winter again; but this time, we’ll have a wide variety of hot drinks and a great menu to help keep people warm.”
Nomad Coffee Bar’s website at nomadcoffeebar.com is expected to be live before the launch party this weekend. Guests are also invited to follow Nomad Coffee Bar on Facebook or Instagram for additional details and updates.
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.
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