It's always exciting to find out one of your favorite bakeries or pizza shops is opening a new location that's closer to where you work or live (although or wallets or waistlines might not agree.) A handful of beloved Madison area eateries are expanding into multiple locations, some of them opening second locations and others expanding with fourth and fifth outposts. Some of these new locations represent a sort of homecoming for the owners, as a few are opening up shop a little closer to home. Check out the list below and see if any of these Madison area-famous names are coming to a street near you!
Bloom Bake Shop
New open: 1851 Monroe St.
When: Early 2017
Bloom Bake Shop is coming to Madison in early 2017. This is music to sweet treat-lovers’ ears, especially those who happily make the trip from Madison to pick up vegan and gluten-free cupcakes, cakes and other confections from the Middleton shop.
Bloom’s second location will be 1851 Monroe St., across from Trader Joe’s where the now-closed Pasqual’s used to be. “It feels like coming home for me,” says owner Annmarie Maitri, a Madison resident. Her kids go to school within walking distance from where the new shop will be, which is really exciting for Maitri.
Bloom Bake Shop consistently places in the annual Best of Madison reader’s poll in the bakery and gluten-free categories. The business outgrew the small Middleton space as long ago as last summer, Maitri says. The second Monroe Street location is a much bigger space, and Bloom will offer everything they offer at the Middleton location, “plus a little more,” Maitri says.
Other locations: 1834 Parmenter St, Middleton
Roman Candle Pizzeria
New open: Knickerbocker Place, 2623 Monroe St.
When: December/Early 2017
Monroe Street will become a bona fide pizza destination once Roman Candle is added to the lineup in December or early 2017. This will be the specialty pizza shop’s fifth full-service location—the other Roman Candle shops are on Williamson Street and in Middleton, Fitchburg and in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
What will set the Monroe Street location apart is its full bar serving specialty craft cocktails. It’s the only Madison area Roman Candle location that will offer a full bar. The Monroe Street shop is in an ideal spot for the pizzeria, as it sits in the crosshairs of the other three local shops’ delivery boundaries. “It’s been a tough area for us to meet appropriate delivery times,” says regional manager Caitlin Chitwood. “We’ll be able to deliver there so much faster now, and we’re really excited to be in that neighborhood.”
The staff is looking forward to a few design elements planned for the new place. Window seating, arcade games and a garage door feature opening up to patio seating are among possibilities, Chitwood says. “We are so excited to open, there’s just been a ton of buzz,” she says.
Other locations: 1054 Williamson St.; 100 N. Hamilton St.; 2685 Research Park Drive, Fitchburg; 1920 Parmenter St., Middleton; 133 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay
Vintage Brewing Company
New open: 600 Water St., Sauk City
When: Summer 2018
Earlier this week, Vintage Brewing Company got the village’s approval needed to bring a riverside brewpub to Sauk City. This fully operating brewery and restaurant is planned for the west bank of the Wisconsin River at 600 Water St., and brewing capacity will be five times that of the Whitney Way location. Right now in a 26-year-old brewing facility designed to produce 800 barrels a year, Vintage is on pace to brew 2,000 barrels this year. “It was never designed to do as much as we’re doing right now,” says co-owner Trent Kraemer.
The new location will give them the space they need to brew Vintage’s more than 20-deep lineup of signature beers, plus new beers Vintage has a reputation of constantly producing. “Selection has always been our claim to fame,” Kraemer says. With a 10,000-square-foot footprint, the first floor will be dedicated to the brewery. The second floor will be the restaurant, bar and kitchen area, offering a similar menu, but one that caters to the area’s specific tastes and incorporates as much local sourcing as they can. There’s also plans for a bier garden overlooking the river and deck with a riverside view. The new brewpub will be across the street from the Woodshed Ale House, Vintage’s sister brewpub, which doesn’t brew its own beer on site.
Kraemer says Woodshed will remain open, but they might tweak the concept. He offered the idea that maybe Woodshed would be more focused on specialty barrel-aged varieties.
Building this brewpub is a bit of a homecoming for the family-run business. Many of the co-owners are from the Sauk City area, says Kraemer, who grew up along County B between Plain and Sauk City. And they know a lot of people in the area who are excited about the brewpub. “The community support has been just awesome,” he says.
Other locations: 674 S Whitney Way; 529 University Ave.
Salvatore’s Tomato Pies
New open: 121 E. Main St., Sun Prairie
When: December 2016
Patrick DePula, who was recently named Madison Magazine’s 2016 Chef of the Year, is taking everything up a notch with the opening of a new Salvatore’s Tomato Pies in Sun Prairie by the end of the year. A new New Jersey-style pizzeria will be in the 2,800-square-foot space of a building that’s over 100 years old. DePula and his team have gutted the building and work is still underway.
The $600,000 renovation will result in an open-concept, 96-seat restaurant that serves Sal’s signature pies along with more special plate creations and a full-service bar. “There’s nothing like this in Sun Prairie,” DePula says. The Sal’s location on Main Street might be turned into an Italian deli—DePula says he’s still throwing around ideas for what he’ll do for the much smaller strip mall location. The East. Johnson Street location will remain open. DePula also is in talks to bring Salvatore’s to a pre-existing Milwaukee establishment.
Other locations: 503 W. Main St., Sun Prairie; 912 E. Johnson St.
New open: 110 Keenan Court
When: January 2017
The Selimi family is bringing the greasy spoon greatness of their '50s diner to the Verona community come next year. A new Gus's Diner is planned to open January 2017 at 110 Keenan Court in Verona. Gus Selimi's son, Tim, would run the new Verona restaurant. Selimi tells the Wisconsin State Journal that if this restaurant is successful, the family will look to open another diner in Waunakee. At the Sun Prairie location, you’ll get your greasy fix at this retro, chrome-finished diner morning, noon or night. The breakfast menu is country-fried, home-cooked and served all day, while the lunch and dinner menus offer a smorgasbord of options, from a shrimp Mediterranean salad to BBQ pork ribs.
Other locations: 630 N. Westmount Drive, Sun Prairie
New open: 1402 Regent St.
When: August 2016
CoffeeBytes brings its beans to the west end of campus with the August opening of a second location at 1402 Regent St. Owner John Wilson recognized a need for a traditional coffee shop on that end of campus and has been busy spreading awareness of the new shop, which doesn’t get as much foot traffic as the University post. “We really like being on campus and having lots of kids and professional educators stop in,” says Wilson.
The Regent Street shop in the Steve Brown Apartments-owned building has a similar vibe to the original location. “Full of light, windows all the way across the front. We wanted a place that was full of energy,” Wilson says. The large front patio area seats at least 30 people with a few tables and Adirondack chairs. The menu is pretty much the same at both places, focused on healthier options. Wilson hopes to expand the menu at the new place a bit. The new shop also offers Babcock Ice Cream, which isn’t exactly a lighter option, “but if you’re gonna eat ice cream, Babcock’s is the one to eat,” he says.
Other location: 799 University Ave.
Mr. Brews Taphouse
New open: 5251 High Crossing Blvd.
When: July 2016
The Madison area has nearly been overtaken by the popular Mr. Brews Taphouse franchise serving burgers and craft beer, and a new east-side location recently opened its doors July 2016. You'll find a bit more of a fringe, upscale beer list here, as this location has more flexibility as a franchise with not having any mandated beers. "That really opens our 64 lines up to something special," says location manager Adam Zirba.
This location, which has ample patio seating and floor to mid-ceiling windows, is near the Interstate on High Crossing Boulevard, making it a destination spot for Sun Prairie folks and east-side residents alike.
Other locations: 305 W. Johnson St., 103 W. Broadway, Monona; 610 Junction Rd, 611 Hometown Circle; 300 N Century Ave., Waunakee; N91 W15720 Falls Parkway, Menomonee Falls; 2012 Cty Rd HH, Plover; 201 S. RiverHeath Way, Appleton
New open: 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton
When: April 2016
This is more of an ICYMI second location announcement. Pizza Brutta, which has a primary location on 1805 Monroe St., opened a second location in Middleton at 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave. earlier this year.
The original Neapolitan-style pizza shop has called Monroe Street home for eight years, but the opening of a second location was a fresh start for owner Derek Lee and wife Darcy. At the center of the new shop is a stunning wood-fired oven made out of volcanic stone and covered in glass tile from Italy. All the same Pizza Brutta classics, including prosciutto arugula pies, Caprese salads and more, are offered at the Middleton shop.
Other location: 1805 Monroe St.