Connoisseur Culture: Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern

Taking a seat at the marblesque horseshoe dining counter that centers the culinary action of Uncle Wolfie’s, it felt like the place made its home on the corner of Vine and Hubbard for years. In actuality, they’ve only been open a couple hours during their soft launch.

Set to open this Monday, Uncle Wolfie’s a self-proclaimed breakfast tavern (this might be a Milwaukee first) has the type charm you’d expect from a well-seasoned cafe.

A project of Whitney and Wolfgang Shaefer, they are making this spot happen by enlisting their battle tested service industry compadres and handing control of the range top eyes to chef Joe Singer.

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How to Breakfast Tavern

Singer’s inventiveness will land on your plate as variations on staple brunch items like pancakes, potatoes, salads, steak and burgers. Egg benedict gives an example, served with a choice of meat options including salmon slices given flavor with a good soaking beet and tarragon juice.

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As you might expect Uncle Wolfie’s also is caters to coffee lovers. They’ll make a variety of coffee drinks to contrast hair of the dog concoctions like hibiscus cocktail coolers.

Instant Mystic

The rise of European salon cafes in Milwaukee highlight timelessness of certain types of gathering spaces. When asked of the inspiration for Uncle Wolfie’s design and decor Shaefer responded quickly, “All of Milwaukee’s makers.” Many of the finishings and accents are design by locals.

The bench seating back cushions were made by Madam Chino, one Milwaukee pioneering handmade and sustainability-focused garment up-cyclers, and Directive a recently founded leather goods maker that has had extraordinary success in first few years.

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The salon also shares a hall way with neighboring storefront Orange and Blue Co. that offers curated hand made or ethically sources items.

If your list of places to frequent wasn’t long enough, Uncle Wolfie’s deserves a place either way. Uncle Wolfie’s opens December 17 and will offer neighborhood friendly service 7 days a week, located at 234 E. Vine, Brewer’s Hill, Milwaukee.

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