Cafe Hollander Mequon to Open May 20

The North Shore restaurant offers Belgian beers, rooftop dining and covered parking for bicyclists.

Café Hollander is opening the North Shore branch of its Belgian beer-and-casual-eats emporium on May 20. That restaurant is in Mequon, situated between the Interurban Trail and the Milwaukee River (at 5900 Mequon Rd., near the intersection of Cedarburg and Mequon roads). The development features two floors of seating, a rooftop patio, an outdoor court for playing petanque, and a few amenities for the bicyclist (covered bike parking and a bike pump, among others).

Rendering of Mequon location courtesy of Lowlands Grand Cafes
Rendering of Mequon location courtesy of Lowlands Grand Cafes


The restaurant does not include a red rooftop sign, part of the architectural renderings submitted to the Mequon Plan Commission in January. Roof signs are not allowed in Mequon’s sign code, and Plan Commissioner David Fuchs said the sign “did not match the character of the Mequon community.”

In any event, grand opening festivities are scheduled to run the May 20 weekend, including a group bike ride on Sat. May 21 and a three-day benefit (in which all food and certain beer sales go to certain charities). Hours: Sun-Thurs 8 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 8 a.m.- 1 a.m. (kitchen open daily until midnight)



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.