Tofte serving up changes at The Steaming Cup
New food items, décor implemented at downtown restaurant

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Sept. 3, 2015

Jason Tofte before the renovated counter at The Steaming Cup on Wednesday.  
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff  

WAUKESHA - In a month’s time, Jason Tofte has implemented several significant changes at The Steaming Cup in downtown Waukesha, including new food items and colors on the walls.

“Our vision is coming together,” Tofte said.

He and wife, Cristina, bought the business from Kerry and Terry Mackay this summer and opened it under new ownership at the start of August. The Mackays decided to retire from The Steaming Cup, 340 W. Main St., after more than 10 years of running the coffee shop that serves food and had an adjoining tea room for special occasions.

Since taking over the business, Tofte has updated the flow of the coffee shop to keep the order line moving and extended the counter to provide more room to the baristas and cashier. Other changes include painting the former tea room a sage green and adding antique furniture to create a more lounge-like feeling. The former tea room is open to the public all of the time now, except for when it’s reserved for private functions. The hallway has been painted orange and the drop ceiling in the main dining room is now a dark brown, Tofte said.

Downtown favorite, The Steaming Cup, has a new interior look after painting and renovations by owner Jason Tofte.  
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff  

The Steaming Cup’s logo has also been revamped and the website is under construction.

“It’s been doing great. The regular clientele is excited about the changes, which is sometimes something you worry about,” Tofte said.

The menu is also a work in progress. Tofte said he has added some composed salads, such as a Cobb salad and a caprese salad, as well as one made from roasted beets. Before, Tofte said the menu was pretty much limited to a side salad option. He is also serving them with homemade dressings.

“That was the first part of my food that rolled out,” he said.

So far the menu still has The Steaming Cup’s original sandwiches, but Tofte plans to begin swapping them out soon with the first introduction being a Cuban sandwich with pulled pork and ham, Fontina cheese, mustard and pickles on Cuban bread.

He also wants to have specials that will highlight one of the Mackay’s original sandwiches.