and newly-minted restaurateur Devon Eisel poses with
some of the dishes being served up at new vegan eatery
Perennial. The downtown cafe is the latest “joint” to
join the concept restaurant 5Joints@5Points, 257 W.
Cara Spoto/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA — There’s a new “joint” at downtown Waukesha’s
concept eatery 5 Joints @ 5 Points, 257 W. Broadway.
Called Perennial, the eatery features a menu of vegan
entrees and desserts, offering up a alternative to the
barbecue served up by 5JointsBBQ, the joint that helped
launch the operation.
Seated in the bright green and white section of the
restaurant where her guests dine, Devon Eisel, 21,
explained that she became interested in making flavorful
and exciting vegan foods after starting her cooking
career at age 18.
After working for a time at an American fare restaurant,
serving up pizzas, french fries and burgers, Eisel, said
she started getting the desire to make the kind of food
she was cooking for herself at home.
“I feel people get really disassociated from where their
food comes from, and the process involved in making it,
and I wanted to learn more about that,” she recalled on
Soon after that epiphany, Eisel landed a job at Café
Manna in Brookfield, where she quickly moved up from
pantry to sous chef.
“They gave me a lot of creative freedom there to explore
recipes, and eventually I was helping to make menu and
special items. We also did a lot of prix fixe dinners,”
Now that she’s is in charge of her own restaurant, the
vegetarian turned vegan wants wants to show people that
“you can eat healthfully, and sustainably” while still
enjoying foods that “are pretty and elegant and tasty.”
On the menu
Among the dishes you’ll find on Perennial’s menu are a
raw lasagna made of zucchini “noodles” or slices,
sun-dried tomato pesto, a macadamia nut “ricotta,” and a
green olive and basil relish. Diners are also a big fan
of the pineapple curry, which is served with basmati
rice, and a side of naan.
For those looking for something a little more hearty,
there’s a dish that appears to be the vegan cousin of
eggplant parmesan. It features fried and breaded
eggplant and is served with capers, linguini and a vegan
lemon cream sauce instead of the cheese. The menu also
features a couple of decadent desserts, including a
caramel chocolate cake with whiskey caramel sauce.
“(Vegan food) just doesn’t have to be limp salads,”
With winter hours still in place, the eatery is open
Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on
Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m., but there are plans to expand
those hours once the weather warms.
Designed to be a quasi-cooperative aimed at giving
up-and-coming chefs the chance to build a name for
themselves and their food, 5 Joints @ 5 Points is still
looking for aspiring restaurateurs to join the fun.
If interested, send an email to
5Jointsat5Points@gmail.com, or call developer
Terrence Williams directly at 262-225-0605.
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