The former St. Paul Pub has been
purchased by the owner of Café de Arts, which will be moving
into the building.
WAUKESHA - It will be a bittersweet move for
Ayhan and Gulten Munzur and their café shop Café de Arts in
early 2016, but Ayhan said he is excited to expand his
business’s offerings and to have a larger space to call his own.
For about seven years, Café de Arts has been
located in the bright purple building with a sunflower painted
upon it at 136 E. St. Paul Ave. When the Munzurs learned the
building was for sale, Ayhan said he decided to look around and
found the former St. Paul Pub, 830 W. St. Paul Ave. He said he
feels it will be a good location and will allow them to improve
their business by offering more space for coffee roasting and to
provide room for barista classes.
“We are going to take it to the next level,”
He said there is going to be a third wave of
coffee appreciation. The first was when people started making
coffee at home. Now, the third wave will be people getting
educated about coffee and how to make it.
In its new location, Café de Arts will still have
its bakery and coffee menu, but Munzur said there will be some
“It is going to be sad to leave this place,” he
said of the purple house. “(But) it’s a business and we have to
move forward and it will be our own place.”
Café de Arts will be moving from the
iconic flower house on the corner of St. Paul Avenue and
Brook Street to the site of the former St. Paul Pub.
The location near Waukesha Memorial Hospital
appealed to Munzur, although he said it’s unfortunate that GE
will be shutting down part of its operation across the street.
He hopes that something new will go into the manufacturing
Munzur said they gave landlord Jeff Seymour a
three-month notice and he anticipates it taking about two months
to work on the new building. He is hoping for an opening at the
start of 2016 and doesn’t plan for there to be any time when the
café is completely closed.
He said the catchphrase may be “new year, new