Mainstream Bar & Grill planning expansion

By Cara Spoto

Jan. 2, 2019

 Mainstream Bar & Grill, which is currently spread out across two attached buildings at 404 W. Main St., has plans to expand its seating by moving its kitchen to 396 W. Main Street, the building seen here on the far right. Mainstream owner Jon Dufek recently purchased the building, formerly home to a travel agency and photography business.
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WAUKESHA — Popular downtown tavern and eatery Mainstream Bar & Grill is expanding.

Business owner Jon Dufek, who owns the two buildings at 404 W. Main St. where the restaurant is currently located, recently confirmed that he has purchased 396 W. Main St., which he plans to turn into a new kitchen.

The acquisition is slated to free up seating space in the existing storefronts by moving the kitchen next door, Dufek explained.

The bar currently boasts around 100 seats inside, plus another 34 outdoor seats during the warmer months. It offers a full menu, including burgers, wings, steaks and crab cakes.

By moving the kitchen, Dufek plans to get another 24 indoor seats, with the potential for additional outdoor seating.

Dufek, who has had the downtown business for over six years, said the decision to expand came simply from the need for more seating space.

“Mainly it came down to not having enough space, and people having to wait for a seat. We have just been very busy, and we need more seating,” he said, adding that he expects the expansion to be done around the beginning of May.

The bar should be open throughout the process, he said.