God­dess and the Baker ready to open Tues­day

Com­pany seek­ing sec­ond lo­ca­tion in Mil­wau­kee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Business - Paul Gores

Wis­con­sin wasn’t among places Chicago-based restau­rant God­dess and the Baker was look­ing to ex­pand.

But IM Prop­er­ties, the de­vel­oper of The Cor­ners of Brook­field, has an of­fice next to a pop­u­lar God­dess and the Baker in Chicago’s Loop, and IM ex­ec­u­tives are fre­quent cus­tomers.

When they came in, IM ex­ec­u­tives kept pitch­ing The Cor­ners as an ideal spot to open an­other restau­rant, given the fact that The Cor­ners re­ally needed a morn­ing busi­ness and gath­er­ing spot where cof­fee and good food would be served, said Ta­mar Mizrahi, a part­ner in God­dess and the Baker.

“They made a com­pelling ar­gu­ment,” Mizrahi said Fri­day. “Then we came up here sev­eral times and looked around, and it is the right de­mo­graphic for us. They were right. We fit in here. It was the miss­ing piece of their puz­zle.”

Now God­dess and the Baker, which serves break­fast, sand­wiches, sal­ads, soups, bev­er­ages and baked goods — in­clud­ing its sig­na­ture rain­bow layer cake — not only is set to open at The Cor­ners next week, but al­ready is seek­ing a site for a sec­ond Wis­con­sin lo­ca­tion in Mil­wau­kee’s His­toric Third Ward, Mizrahi said.

The restau­rant held an in­vi­ta­tiononly de­but Fri­day morn­ing. It plans to host a few pri­vate events be­fore open­ing to the pub­lic on Tues­day.

Week­day hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Week­end hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

God­dess and the Baker is among sev­eral first-to-Wis­con­sin re­tail­ers and restau­rants that have lo­cated at The Cor­ners of Brook­field, in­clud­ing Von Maur, Ken­dra Scott and Grimaldi’s pizza.

God­dess and the Baker has two other lo­ca­tions, both in Chicago. It plans to open an­other in the Windy City along with the new Brook­field restau­rant.

Mizrahi said God­dess and the Baker is an al­ter­na­tive to cof­fee chains.

“It’s not like Star­bucks where you’re com­ing in and get­ting the cof­fee and leav­ing,” she said. “We want you to have an ex­pe­ri­ence, and at the same time to have re­ally good food, re­ally good cof­fee, re­ally good treats. Sure, ev­ery­body needs their cof­fee to get through the day, but we want you to leave with an ex­pe­ri­ence and with a smile on your face.”

PAUL GORES / MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

God­dess and the Baker, which had an in­vi­ta­tion-only de­but for friends and fam­ily Fri­day morn­ing, is sched­uled to open Tues­day at The Cor­ners of Brook­field.

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