Cafe out at Martha Merrell's Books

Freeman Staff

December 31, 2016

WAUKESHA — A new cafe housed in Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys has pulled its operation from the downtown store.

Leski’s Cafe & Deli opened briefly earlier this month inside the bookstore, 231 W. Main St., but the owner decided not to move forward with it.

Wisconsin 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.

Bruce 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.

He said the decision to pull out was not the bookstore’s.

“It was their decision,” Bruce said.

Sarah 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.

Ward 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.

Koralewski could not be reached before press time.