The Village restaurant Café Hollander has reopened for business.
The business at 7677 W. State St. closed Jan. 2 to complete some mechanical upgrades — including expanding the number of draught lines from 23 to 31 — and also some interior refreshing.
“In the restaurant business, you constantly need to reinvest in a location for it to stay relevant. It’s been open seven years now, so our Tosa location was due for some attention,” said Dan Herwig, director of brand and marketing for Lowlands Group. “Some of the planned repairs required us to shut down, so we figured we’d use it as an opportunity to expand our offering of world-class beers in Tosa, including a new nitro line that we’re really excited about.”
The biggest visual changes are to the main bar area, which has had a new tap system installed and a reconfiguration of the coolers and storage behind the bar.
“It’s a great, classic building in an amazing historic district, so we didn’t change anything too drastically,” Herwig said. “We’ve kept the character of the Café Hollander that everyone has come to know, but took this as an opportunity to breathe new life into the space.”
In a statement released by owners the Lowlands Group, they said the renewal of the café coincides with the renewal of the Tosa Village, which is in the process of completing the first phase of a massive streetscaping project.
“We’re really excited about everything happening in the Village right now,” Herwig said. “It looks amazing. The city had a unique vision for what the Village district could become and we’re really excited to reopen with all of that creative energy and momentum behind us.”
Café Hollander opened in the State Street location in 2009.
The Lowlands Group owns and operates seven Grand Cafés in Wisconsin: 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 remained open for business while the Hollander was 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 declined to comment on any other improvements to the restaurants.
The group recently renovated its Downer Avenue Café Hollander in November.