before the renovated counter at The Steaming Cup on Wednesday.
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
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.
favorite, The Steaming Cup, has a new interior look after
painting and renovations by owner Jason Tofte.
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,”
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.