Longtime Milwaukee vegetarian restaurant Beans & Barley to open second location in Mequon

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Beans & Barley, a Milwaukee east side fixture long known for its vegetarian-friendly menu, will open a second restaurant in Mequon.

The new restaurant will be at the Mequon Public Market that's under construction at the Spur 16 mixed-use development, it was announced Wednesday.

Beans & Barley will join other Milwaukee mainstays that are opening additional locations at Mequon Public Market. So far, that list includes Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. and Purple Door Ice Cream.

Spur 16 also will include among its other commercial tenants a second location for St. Paul Fish Co.

"We are really looking forward to working with the other vendors in the marketplace," said Polly Kaplan, who co-owns Beans & Barley with James Neumeyer.

Beans & Barley started as a health food store on Milwaukee's east side in 1973. The business moved in 1979 to 1901 E. North Ave., where it added a restaurant. 

A fire destroyed that building in 1993, and Beans & Barley reopened on that site in 1994.

Spur 16 is under construction on the north side of West Mequon Road, west of Mequon Town Center and east of Buntrock Avenue. 

St. Paul Fish will be in a renovated former industrial building next to the Mequon Public Market, which will have around 10 food and beverage outlets.

Mequon Public Market and Spur 16's additional businesses are expected to open by early fall on the site's southern portion, near Mequon Road.

The development's apartments are to be completed by summer 2019. The housing will be on the northern portion, featuring three three-story apartment buildings, totaling 146 units, and 10 town homes.

 â€œWe have had a great response from people who love the idea of living in such a walkable community with amenities that have not been available in this area before," Spur 16 developer Cindy Shaffer said in a statement.

Spur 16 is named for the site's historic railroad spur.

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