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Angelo's Café Vino Closes Its Doors Permanently

A sluggish economy was blamed for the decision to close after over two years in business on the corner of Main and Mill streets.

Angelo’s Café Vino in downtown Menomonee Falls is closing its doors for good.

owners announced the closing Monday morning. After two years in business on the corner of Main and Mill streets, owners of the coffee shop and wine bar just couldn’t make it work in the sluggish economy.

“In retrospect, we picked perhaps the most challenging economy and business climate in the past 75 years to attempt this start-up restaurant venture,” said Building Owner Bill Bode in a news release. “For the past two and a half years we have been optimistically looking forward to a genuine improvement in the business climate. Unfortunately the turnaround of this languishing economy still looks too far off and the prudent choice for us is to close.”

Bode said they plan to open another café, bar, and restaurant at the existing location when the economy improves and Menomonee Falls continues to develop. When they time comes, they’re optimistic it will be a success.

“The owners of Angelo’s Café Vino wish to sincerely thank the people of Menomonee Falls and the surrounding communities who patronized our bar and restaurant,” Bode said.  “We further wish to thank the dedicated staff for their efforts to build the business.”

Angelo Petropoulos, who managed Café Vino, emphasized the importance of unique menu items and great music at the business. He said Café Vino was meant to be a place to escape the ordinary, and gather with friends.  

Dawn Mariscal August 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
(continued from above) One of our new events that started a few weeks ago is Thursday Tappy Hour which runs every Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Our eating establishments offer specials on appetizers and beverages. Our art galleries are open for you to browse and great desserts are available at The Cheesecake Store. In addition to our art galleries being open, several retail and fitness businesses have signed up to be open until at least 7 pm on Thursdays Don’t forget to visit our Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Sundays. At the Farmers Market be sure to pick up one of our Wednesday Market Appreciation Coupon cards. This coupon card has many special offers from our downtown businesses for you to take advantage of. How about coming out for our “Concerts in the Park” which run every other Thursday evening and every other Friday at noon? Great FREE entertainment!!
Dawn Mariscal August 06, 2012 at 04:08 PM
(just a bit more to share from above posts) Change does not happen over night and can take some time, however many building owners have done a great job in the past year making external improvements to update the look of their buildings. If you haven’t actually taken time to visit and walk the downtown area I encourage you to do so. Just driving through won’t give you the full appreciation of all the work that has been done. Be sure to visit Mill Pond Park where for the first time we have our public art piece “Jessie” the Heron which was graciously donated by Susan Corkum and her husband, Tim of Purloin Studio. The BID is also pushing forward with an important branding change for 2013 and public opinion is highly encouraged. If you feel strongly about the name of our downtown area we want to hear from you. Your opinion can be share with the Village Centre Manager, Barb Watters by email at vcmenfalls@wi.rr.com or by calling the office at (262)251-8797. Please share your thoughts and ideas as to what you would like to see. SHOP LOCAL SHOP OFTEN! We want to see you!!
James Gottemoller August 07, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Dawn, thank you for bring to our attention some of the activities that are taking place in the downtown. We do try and attend the concert in the park. I will look to have us attend Tappy Hour. I like to support our local activities. The Cheesecake store I am connected to his facebook page and when we have one of those GREAT cakes, I make a comment on his page and share it with my friends. We are due for a visit to the art gallery. Thank you again for getting the word out on activities.
James Gottemoller August 07, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I have witness my hometown going from a hustle and bustle little place with many shops back in the 60's and early 70's to just about a dust bowl today. It is important to support your local businesses. Menomonee Falls has an excellent base. One that can attract new businesses. Use it, grow it, it will prosper. Be proud of what we have and how we can make it better.
JH November 02, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Hey guys... for the record, we at JH only had a $25k loan. The issue that should be looked into is the fact that the building was never and has never been approved for tenants. There is no state approved plan, HVAC issues, etc that make running a business there rather difficult. Yet, the Village has approved 3 businesses (coffee houses) in that one section, a book store, and a couple other businesses all without the building being inspected or approved. Well, that's at least where it was when we closed. Sorry for adding to the debt.

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