Opening this summer, the Waterlin Coffee Bar and Bistro,
N88-W14750 Main St.,
will reflect the area’s ice harvesting industry past.
MENOMONEE FALLS — The logo for
the new Waterlin Coffee Bar and Bistro is of a block of ice with
harvesting tools — symbolizing the area’s historic ice harvesting
industry and the man who started it on the Menomonee River.
The all-day bistro and bar is set to open this summer in the former
Radisson Hotel, which is undergoing a major $3.5 million conversion
to a Delta Hotel by Marriott.
The new restaurant is named after Francis Waterlin, who along with
John Martin, started the ice harvesting industry on the Menomonee
River in 1897, according to the announcement. At the time, without
refrigeration, the only way to enjoy ice and keep things cold was to
harvest ice from rivers, lakes and ponds.
will occupy a 6,100-squarefoot space with a gray and white color
palette with exposed industrial beams, heavy wood tables and custom
artwork depicting scenes and instruments used in ice harvesting.
According to Monday’s announcement, more than $300,000 has been
invested in the transformation which includes a full-service coffee
bar, large dining areas, center bar and grab-andgo marketplace.
The menu will also be inspired by the ice harvesting theme,
including the serving platters and utensils. The bartenders will ask
how a person takes their ice and then offer hand-chopped, small
block, shaved or crushed ice for drinks, according to the
Located at N88-W14750 Main St., Waterlin will feature Stone Creek
Coffee, morning pastries and grab-and-go breakfast options. Waterlin
will serve a full menu from lunch until dinner daily. Later in the
day, the focus will shift to the bar and small bites.
“We believe Menomonee Falls needed another great place to gather
around food, drink and company,” said Chadd Scott, hotel general
Both Waterlin and Delta Hotel in Menomonee Falls are managed by
Hostmark Hospitality Group, a Schaumburg, Illinois-based operator.