Cafe De Arts opens Sussex location

By Cara Spoto

Nov. 13, 2018

SUSSEX — One of Waukesha’s favorite coffee shops is now a chain.

Cafe De Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave., opened a second location Saturday in downtown Sussex. Situated at the corner of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue, the cafe and eatery is located in a storefront formerly occupied by Malabar Coast Coffee & Tea, and is expected to serve the same menu and drink selection as the flagship Cafe De Arts location but with longer hours.

Ayhan Munzur, who started Cafe De Arts 10 year ago with his wife Gulten, said the couple chose Sussex for their second spot because it was a great location.

“There’s a lots of potential,” Ayhan said Monday. “It won’t take any customers from the Waukesha store, and it will help us build a larger customer base.”

Ayhan said he was looking for an opportunity to expand the business when somebody mentioned the location to him.

“You see something, you feel it,” he said. “I just decided it was time to move.”

The Munzurs will continue to run the overarching Cafe De Arts company, along with the Waukesha location and wholesale coffee business, Ayhan said, with Kartal Mercanli and Serena Masche operating the Sussex location as a franchise.

The new cafe is expected to be open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter, and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer.

Ayhan said he has been talking to other people in recent weeks about the possibilities of opening even more franchises.

“There will be more Cafe De Arts coming,” he said.