Café de Arts prepares to move; will have limited offerings during transition

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Dec. 11, 2015

 Ayhan Munzur in the current location of Cafe de Arts. He will soon be moving the coffee house to a new location.
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WAUKESHA - Café de Arts owners Ayhan and Gulten Munzur, their family, friends and volunteers have all been busy readying the new location for the coffee shop and restaurant. The exterior work has been visible from the street as a mural was painted on the side of the former St. Paul Pub.

Ayhan Munzur said if all goes well, Café de Arts will move from 136 E. St. Paul Ave. to 830 W. St. Paul Ave. during Christmas week. Initially he planned to close the current location entirely during the transition, but someone suggested the business remain open to sell coffee beans and gift items and fresh-brewed coffee. He thought that was a good idea so is planning to have those limited options for a short time.

 The new location of Cafe de Arts on St. Paul Avenue at Prairie Avenue.
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Filled with mixed emotions about leaving the giant purple house with the sunflower that Café de Arts first opened in about seven years ago, Munzur said he is also excited about the future.

“It is going to be our home, our place,” he said.

Munzur said customers have been encouraging and some have helped to prepare the new location, including 15 students from New Tribes Institute who volunteered their time to paint and clean the new location Sunday.

“We have a great community,” Munzur said.

When the new year starts, Munzur plans to be open in the new location.