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Wait no more for your dose of Lowlands-inspired fare in the Third Ward.

The Third Ward favorite spent much of early March shuttered for planned renovations. But good news: Café Benelux (346 N. Broadway, Third Ward) is once again open to the public, starting today! With the grand re-opening comes new menu items and updates to the interior, including a cool “Map Room” dining area with vintage-style maps lining the walls. (See a 360-degree virtual tour of the new dining room on their Facebook page.)

The Lowlands Group (Benelux parent company, which also runs the Cafe Hollanders, among other restaurants), said their goal was to get the restaurant up and running in time for rooftop season. In light of the recent Milwaukee snowpocalypse, it seems they more than met their goal. Though only one story up, the cafe’s rooftop patio is one of the better ones in Milwaukee, offering sunny views of the hustle-and-bustle Third Ward below.

Fun fact: the name “Benelux” comes from the three Low Countries represented on the menu, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Flags from all three countries will adorn the patio once warmer weather hits, along with the new-ish People’s Flag of Milwaukee.

“We had been planning on putting up the country flags already and we thought this would be the perfect time to add the new Milwaukee flag as well,” said Dan Herwig, director of brand and marketing at Lowlands Group. “While we import a lot of our inspiration from Lowlands Europe, we wanted to display our pride in Milwaukee in hope that it serves as inspiration for others in the city.”

A People’s Flag-inspired bike, created by local bike company Fyxation, will also be on display to promote awareness of the flag initiative.

The People's Flag of Milwaukee-inspired bike on display at Cafe Benelux, designed by Fyxation

Photo courtesy of Cafe Benelux

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