New Steaming Cup owners plan restaurant in former Key Westconsin
Tofte’s Table to have seasonal menu


June 25, 2016

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.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

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 Waukesha.

Jason 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.

The 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.

A 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.”

Tofte’s 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.”

“The 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 the announcement.

In 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.

The 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.