Lowlands Restaurant Group announced today that the Cafe Hollander, at 7677 W. State St. in Tosa Village, will close from Jan. 2 to 13 for a quick refresh.
Seems like yesterday that the place opened to a hungry west side crowd, but that was, in fact, in 2009.
The riverfront cafe will undergo upgrades much like the original location on Downer Avenue got this past autumn.
"Weâ€™ve been planning an update in Tosa for a while and with the Village streetscaping project nearing completion, the timing just made sense," said Dan Herwig, director of brand and marketing at Lowlands Group, in a statement.
"Weâ€™re excited to emerge this spring with an updated look inside and a re-energized Village right outside our front door."
Herwig is referring to the spit and polish that Tosa Village has been undergoing this year, getting new decorative pavers, more decorative lighting and a more pedestrian-friendly design that aims to slow traffic along State Street and the village streets that intersect. The plan also included some back-in-only angle parking, of which many folks have been debating the merit.
Inside the newly refurbished Hollander, Herwig says the cafe will have refinished floors, a reconfigured bar area, 31 draught lines (up from 23, and including a nitro line), some new seating options (just don't do anything to obscure kids' view of the passing trains, please), kitchen and bar equipment upgrades and mechanical improvements.
"While it was a painful summer for many of the businesses here, we see the long-term benefits this project will bring to the Village," said Herwig, "which is precisely why weâ€™re making this investment when we are. In our minds, the Village is just starting to be what itâ€™s capable of becoming, and weâ€™re happy to play a role in its transformation."
The improvements coincide, too, with news that the Chancery next door will be transformed into a Jose's Blue Sombrero, though the timeline for that project is still being ironed out.
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