Café Corazon joins Mequon Public Market

George Mireles (Owner, Cafe Corazon), Wendy Mireles (Owner, Cafe Corazon) - Photo By Katy Rowe (Artist Group).JPG

MEQUON — Café Corazon will join the eclectic food collection at the Mequon Public Market.

The restaurant – described by developer Cindy Shaffer as “Mexican food with a twist” – is the latest addition to already-announced tenants Beans & Barley, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. and Purple Door Ice Cream at the Public Market, which will be part of Spur 16, which is under construction.

The Public Market will have approximately 10 vendors when it opens in fall. It will be in a remodeled 10,000-square-foot city public works building at 6300 W. Mequon Road. St. Paul Fish Co. will open next door in the historic “smokestack building.”

George and Wendy Mireles were influenced by the food scene in San Francisco when they moved to Milwaukee and opened Café Corazon in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood in 2009. Their initial restaurant had six tables and nine bar seats. That location expanded. The couple opened a second location in Bay View in 2016.

“We are very excited to have been invited to be part of the Mequon Public Market and believe this project is going to be so great for the community,” co-owner Wendy Mireles said in Wednesday’s news release.

The restaurant’s website highlights its ties to local farmers and producers.

“Café Corazon serves the freshest local ingredients,” according to the website. “We are proud to serve beef from Redeker Farms, seasonal produce from the family farm and Corazon’s own urban garden. We also support other local farmers through Restaurant Supported Agriculture.”

Jenni Venter, chief operating officer for Shaffer Development, said she is pleased with the variety of options Mequon Public Market will offer to the community.

“I am so excited about the incredible group of restaurants that have come together to be part of the Mequon Public Market at Spur 16,” she said in the news release. “Café Corazon is the perfect addition to this group and our community.”

She added the Public Market is now “100 percent committed for all available spaces.” The remaining tenants have not been announced.

In addition to the Public Market and St. Paul Fish Co., Spur 16 will include 10 townhomes, which are expected to be complete in January. An additional 146 apartments in three buildings will be completed in the spring and summer of 2019.

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