Crescendo’s Monroe Street location to permanently close

The cafe's last day open will be July 28 as co-owners Cait and Paul Sirianni shift their focus on other aspects of their business and family.
Exterior of Crescendo's Monroe Street location in the evening.
Photo courtesy of Crescendo Espresso Bar + Music Cafe

After nine and a half years on Monroe Street, Crescendo Espresso Bar + Music Cafe is closing its doors on July 28.

The cafe and roasting space opened at 1859 Monroe St. in 2013 as the first location for co-owners Cait and Paul Sirianni. The duo say in a letter, that they have decided to reevaluate the business and their own priorities to focus on their two sons and other aspects of the business.

“While our Monroe Street location is one of the most special places we know and our team is unmatched: the hard truth is it’s just not fitting into where we want to go as a business and taking up energy that is desperately needed elsewhere,” the letter reads.

The cafe’s Hilldale location will remain open along with its mobile bar, a full-service espresso + coffee bar on a trailer designed for roll-in caffeination. It will continue to roast its coffee in-house and offer a wide selection of breakfast, lunch and pastries.

The mobile bar has served various large-scale events from office meetings and cocktail hours to weddings, and this year marks Crescendo’s fourth year as the Official Coffee Partner of the CrossFit Games in Madison this August.

“Trust me when I (Cait) tell you that I have cried approximately 1000 times over the last several weeks, but ultimately we have peace knowing that we are making the right decision for the business and our family,” the letter reads. “Our boys will grow up seeing parents that can do hard things and thrive, make the big decisions as a team and ultimately put the people that we love first on the list of our priorities.”

Preparations are underway for closing celebrations before the Monroe Street location closes its doors next week.

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