Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. is one step closer to opening a new location in the Village of Wauwatosa.
In a unanimous vote Aug. 8, the city's plan commission granted approval for a conditional use. The business would open doors at 7471 Harwood Ave., a vacant spot on the north end of the building that houses Niemann's Candies & Ice Cream.
Moving in next to Niemann's was a calculated move, according to city documents.
"We would be a good match," owner Matthew McClutchy said during the plan commission. McClutchy would open the shop with his wife, Lacee Perry.
"I like the location, what's happening in the Village," he said.
Niemann's seemed to agree the coffee shop would make for a nice partnership in that space. The business posted to its Facebook page July 29: "We're excited to welcome our new neighbors to the Village of Wauwatosa! Candy and coffee, it doesn't get much better than that!"
About the cafe
The coffee shop would offer brewed coffee, espresso, tea and other drink options. Food selections would include bagels, soup, quiche and yogurt. A diverse craft beer and wine selection (by the bottle or glass) are also included on the proposed menu, although coffee would be the main focus.
The business would offer outdoor patios in the front and back of the cafe and proposed hours of operation would not exceed the time frame between 6 a.m. and midnight, seven days per week. At least five new permanent full-time positions and eight part-time positions would be created for the new business.
McClutchy said he was born and raised in Wauwatosa and is a 1986 graduate of Wauwatosa East High School. He said he’s always had the intention of “coming home” with Anodyne Cafe, according to a letter submitted to the city.
The Village location would mark the company's fourth retail cafe; Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., which also sells wholesale coffee, already operates in Bay View, Walker's Point and inside the Milwaukee Public Market.
McClutchy's father, James, spoke up during the plan commission meeting, too.
"He has three other locations, all run with zero trouble," he said. "No problems. (They're) very popular with the public."
Plan commission member Joel Tilleson said he's a "big fan" of the Walker's Point location and often works there remotely when he wants to get out of the office. Tilleson is an attorney for Falk Legal Group in Milwaukee and a city alderman.
The Wauwatosa Common Council is scheduled to vote on the item in September.