Beans & Barley owners James Neumeyer and Polly Kaplan
are adding a second location, in the Mequon Public
MEQUON — Beans & Barley is the latest business to join
the Mequon Public Market at Spur 16.
This will be the second location for the restaurant,
which has offered healthy choices at its location on
Milwaukee’s East Side for decades.
Beans & Barley will join the other announced tenants –
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. and Purple Door Ice Cream –
in the Public Market space in Mequon’s growing Town
Center. There will be about 10 businesses in the space.
Additional tenants will be announced in the coming
Cindy Shaffer, owner of Mequon-based Shaffer
Development, said Wednesday morning she anticipates a
fall opening for the Mequon Public Market, as well as
the adjacent St. Paul Fish Co., which plans to open a
restaurant in the historic “smokestack building” along
“Beans & Barley has always been about
fresh food, made from scratch, but it is really so much
more. It is a community of customers and employees who
are invested in seeing ‘their place’ thrive,” said Polly
Kaplan, a co-owner.
have survived fires, corporate competition and sink
holes, all because we care about the food we serve and
the friends we make,” she added. “We are really looking
forward to working with the other vendors in the
Beans & Barley started on Murray Avenue in Milwaukee in
1973 as a small health food store. It moved to 1901 E.
North Ave. in 1979 and added a restaurant. The building
was destroyed by fire 25 years ago this summer. It was
rebuilt on the same site.
Plans for townhomes and apartments at Spur 16 – along
Mequon Road west of the railroad tracks to Buntrock
Avenue – also are advancing. Shaffer said the 10
townhomes will be available for occupancy by January
2019. The 146 planned apartments will be completed in
the spring and summer of 2019.
somebody wants one, they’d better jump on it fast,” she
said in an interview Wednesday morning.
Construction work on the site is in full swing. Current
work involves grading the site and installing utilities
and other infrastructure, she said.
city has been real helpful in fast-tracking our
project,” Shaffer added. “We want to generate tax
revenue (for the city) as fast as we can.”
information on the project is available at Spur 16’s
www.spur16.com, as well as its Twitter account,
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