— A new cafe housed in Martha Merrell’s Books &
Toys has pulled its operation from the downtown store.
Cafe & Deli opened briefly earlier this month inside
the bookstore, 231 W. Main St., but the owner decided not
to move forward with it.
Meat Company owner Alyssa Koralewski said in November that
she had been looking to move into a brick-and-mortar store
when she and Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys owner
Norm Bruce crossed paths during the Farmers Market season
and he offered her a space.
said the cafe had been open for a few days this month,
operating out of the once-empty side of the store that was
typically reserved for events and meetings.
said the decision to pull out was not the bookstore’s.
was their decision,” Bruce said.
Ward, division manager with the Waukesha County
Environmental Health Division, said the department had an
inspector look over the cafe in the beginning of December.
said the licensee had “a few things to take care of”
before being granted a license, but the licensee decided
not to proceed with the cafe.
could not be reached before press time.