The Essential Café & Bistro - Wholesome, natural, & organic homemade foods

After a lot of prayer we have decided that this next week 8/18 - 8/22 will be our last week being open for  breakfast & lunch here at "The Essential Cafe & Bistro."  I will continue to take catering orders and hold cooking  classes every other Monday evening depending on the size of the class (I'll get a class schedule on line and send it out via email) until further notice.  

After this next week, I'm going to take the next month or so to pray and seek the Lord for what He would like for me to do next and in what capacity.  Right now, I'm considering reopening sometime in the fall as a soup kitchen to serve the community; but many things will need to fall into place in order for that to happen.  If you think you might be interested in something of this sort then please call me at 262-215-8768 to discuss.

This whole decision is so bitter/sweet for Nate and I.  While I am sad that I will not be seeing all the smiling faces weekly, monthly, whatever; and not really sure what tomorrow holds for me; I'm at peace and excited to know that Jesus holds my tomorrows and will guide my steps to continue on in this journey towards Him.  I've always known that this cafe/bistro has been but a stepping stone toward something better and even more rewarding  - God is good!

Whether we come back as a soup kitchen or not, Nate and I want to take this time to thank all of our faithful patrons, friends, and family members who were so supportive and an intricate part of this place  "THANK YOU" from the  bottom of our hearts. 
We have been so blessed with the support and "gifts" from businesses and people whom we really didn't know at the time, but have now become dear friends - you know who you are.  And then, for those faithful patrons whom we consider our friends, that were always spreading the word to others and helping us by always coming in, bringing me flowers, and just being encouraging -you know who you are - "THANK YOU."  Also, a great big "THANK YOU" to all of our dear friends who volunteered their time to give us a helping hand - your reward is in heaven!

In addition, watch facebook to see when we will be having our book sale along with some closeout sales on some of the equipment and smaller items, etc...

And lastly, I want to thank my son, Nathanael for all of his sacrifice and hard work here at the cafe.  With all the bumps that we always seemed to work out - in the end - "We did good, Nathanael!"  I wouldn't have wanted to do it without you, and I so appreciated and was blessed to have the opportunity to do it with you! - I love you much - Thank you for hanging in there!

We hope to see you next week!

Joanne & Nathanael

If anyone is interested in making an offer to buy this as a turnkey business, then by all means call me at 262/215-8768 and let's talk.


Thanks for Visiting!

My son and I would like to welcome you to our website, and hope to meet you at our   cafe/bistro.

The Essential Café & Bistro is focused on providing high-quality food and service in order to promote an unforgettable experience when visiting us - we will do everything we can to exceed your expectations!  

Not just any cafe...
More than just a "coffee shop" we offer a comfortable modern environment that includes indoor and outdoor seating.   We make and  serve delicious wholesome, natural, and organic food  (made here on-site) by only using the most premium whole ingredients.  

Here at the Essential Cafe/Bistro we support local businesses!  We proudly serve Colectivo coffee & Rishi Teas along with many other  products produced here locally in our great state of Wisconsin.

We have a variety of offerings to choose from.  Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us!
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!  

Cozy & comfortable outdoor seating and tables

Upscale, clean, friendly environment

(262) 723-1500

(Family Owned & Operated)
Owners: Joanne Benkowski & Son, Nathanael Benkowski