Tofte’s Table will be opening in the space formerly occupied
by Key Westconsin at 331 Riverfront Plaza. The restaurant
will be operated by the owners of The Steaming Cup.
WAUKESHA — The owners of The Steaming Cup are ready to dish up more food at
their new restaurant, slated to open during August in the former
location of Key Westconsin across from the river in downtown
Tofte, who owns the coffee shop, 340 W. Main St., with his wife,
Christina, said they decided to lease the former restaurant space in
order to meet demand for pastries and baked goods at The Steaming
Cup and to offer a unique dining experience at night.
couple bought the longtime Steaming Cup from Kerry and Terry Mackay
last summer and opened it under their ownership in August. Since
that time, Tofte said, business has been strong and steady and he
was considering building a kitchen in The Steaming Cup’s basement
to meet demand. Then Christina Tofte suggested they consider leasing
the former Key Westconsin space, 331 Riverfront Plaza, which is what
they ended up doing. Key Westconsin closed in February.
press release from the Toftes on Friday said the new restaurant,
called Tofte’s Table, will be “a new edible experience unlike
anything (Waukesha has) seen before.”
Table will feature a seasonally rotating menu of unique and
shareable plates and will offer a laidback communal dining
experience. The restaurant is also meant to appeal to seasoned
foodies and casual neighborhood diners and will feature classic food
items as well as “unusual haute culinary creations, ranging from
sea creatures, steer, and hogs, to plants and poultry.”
Toftes want to extend their love of food, friends, and family to
their community and bring new faces to beautiful downtown Waukesha
to enjoy the scenery surrounding this unpretentious, refined
restaurant. Tofte’s Table invites you to come over to their house
for dinner and enjoy this chef’s playground and distinctive
addition to southeastern Wisconsin’s culinary landscape,” reads
addition, Tofte’s Table will feature local ingredients, wine from
around the world, beer and spirits primarily from Wisconsin and a
Friday night fish fry with cracker-crusted perch filets sided with
fried Yukon wedges. Entrees will range in price from $10 to $20.
Toftes have a long history in the restaurant business. They met
while working at Eddie Martini’s in Milwaukee. Jason Tofte’s
cooking accomplishments include being the 2011 Wisconsin Restaurant
Association Mentor of the Year. Cristina Tofte sharpened her skills
under the well-known restaurant experts, Sanford and Angie D’Amato.