Cheel to open next month
Restaurant in historic building to feature food of Nepal

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

June 17, 2014

 Much work has been done to refurbish the historic building at 105 S. Main St.    
Photo by Gary Achterberg

THIENSVILLE - A new restaurant will open July 19 in a historic building in downtown Thiensville that has undergone extensive renovation over the past year.

Jesse and Barkha Daily will open cheel at 105 S. Main St. on Saturday, July 19. An open house is planned for July 18.

The couple “have created a thoroughly unique place and menu to honor their respective heritages and love of fresh authentic foods - Nepalese and American,” a news release said. “Cheel will offer a mash-up of popular foods and dishes from both cuisines with a farm-to-fork attitude and authentic flavor altitude based on time-honored food preparation and traditions.”

The Dailys purchased the 1890s-era building across the street from the old Thiensville fire station. The building that will house cheel has seen numerous restaurants over the years. The building was in need of major structural repairs. Jesse Daily, an engineer who also is co-owner of Core Consulting, 163 Green Bay Road, met with village officials, purchased the property and worked out a plan to revive the site. Jesse Daily was one of several individuals behind the start-up of the farmer’s market in the Village Park.

Barkha Daily, a native of Kathmandu, Nepal, moved to Wisconsin 10 years ago. She and Jesse met and they later married. Her heritage and experience will play a significant role in the cuisine.

 Restaurant patrons will be able to dine on a new deck.    
Photo by Gary Achterberg

“Nepali food is known for its pure, intense flavors,” she said in the news release. “I think it’s in the mountain air and soil ... which give our dishes their signature taste. But it’s also in the ancient food preparation techniques my mother practices and taught me.”

Cheel plans to offer small plates and more traditional American fare - “flavors from the Himalayas to the Rockies” - and will incorporate flavor profiles from Tibetan, Burmese and North Indian cultures co-mingled along the historic and famous Kathmandu trade route, the news release said.

The restaurant team will include chef Joe Sandretti, whose experience includes Pasta Per Tutti, Johnny Delmonico’s, Ocean Grill and Buckley’s Kiskeam Inn. The general manager will be Ryan Palkowski, who has more than 15 years of experience at Elsa’s on the Park in downtown Milwaukee.

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