Village bar and restaurant Café Hollander will be shutting its doors from Jan. 2 to Jan. 13 for renovations.
“We’ve been planning an update in Tosa for a while and with the Village streetscaping project nearing completion, the timing just made sense,” Dan Herwig, director of brand and marketing at Lowlands Group said. “We’re excited to emerge this spring with an updated look inside and a re-energized Village right outside our front door.”
The improvements at the restaurant at 7677 W. State St. will include refinished floors, a redesigned bar area, and new seating options. Beer lovers will be happy to see an increase in the number of draught lines from 23 to 31, including a special “nitro” line.
Behind the scenes improvements include many mechanical, kitchen and bar equipment upgrades.
The statement released by the Lowlands Group said that the Café and other businesses in the Tosa Village made it through an entire summer of heavy construction as the city of Wauwatosa implemented the first phase of a massive streetscaping overhaul.
“While it was a painful summer for many of the businesses here, we see the long-term benefits this project will bring to the Village,” Herwig said. “Which is precisely why we’re making this investment when we are. In our minds, the Village is just starting to be what it’s capable of becoming, and we’re happy to play a role in its transformation.”
The Lowlands group owns and operates seven Grand Cafés in Wisconsin including: Benelux Grand Café and Market, Café Bavaria, and Café Centraal, as well as four Café Hollanders located on Downer Avenue, the Village in Wauwatosa, Hilldale in Madison and Mequon Town Center. Café Bavaria is next to the Hollander and will remain open for business while the Hollander is closed.
In 2016, the company had approached the city regarding efforts to expand the patio at both Café Hollander and Café Bavaria. Company spokesperson Sarah Seifert said all of the Lowlands Group's planned renovations are on the interior for the time being and thus declined to comment on any other improvements to the restaurants.
The group recently renovated its Downer Avenue Café Hollander in November.