Greendale’s Hip New Restaurant and Cafe Is Officially Open

It’s a cafe by day, restaurant by night.

Greendale has welcomed a new restaurant, or rather two restaurants in one. Dia Y Noche (6601 Northway, 414-246-2002) combines a bakery/café open during the day (called Dia) and a full-service restaurant specializing in Caribbean and Central and South American cuisines, open at night (called Noche).

Owner Mike Drilling – who also owns the Panther Pub in the village of Greendale – converted the former two-story office building into a single-story dual restaurant. At the time we initially wrote about the concept, in August 2020, Drilling said the idea had come as the result of market research and the lack of access to many Latin American cuisines in the local dining scene.

For the décor, Drilling hooked up with local firms Dan Beyer Architects and Braatz Building to create the look. At Dia, that means bright, spacious and sunny. At Noche, the ambiance is enhanced by colorful fabrics and overhead string lights in the dining room.

Photo courtesy of Dia Café Y Noche Restaurante
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Dia’s menu features coffees, tea, smoothies and soft drinks as well as baked goods, a breakfast sandwich, wrap and a rice bowl.

The menu for Noche is posted on its Facebook page. The options will rotate, with the opening menu featuring tapas, plates and sides from El Savador, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Choices include Salvadoran enchiladas, Argentinean charred strip steak, pupusas (savory Salvadoran griddle cakes), empanadas, tostones, Dominican-style ribs and a Dominican chicken dish called La Bandera. Tapas run $8-$15. Entrees run $15-$48.

Dia is open daily 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Noche’s hours are Tuesday-Sunday 4-11 p.m. Reservations for Noche are recommended. 

Photo courtesy of Dia Café Y Noche Restaurante

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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.