Owners of a popular De Pere cafe started construction this week on a second location in Green Bay. If all goes well the Creamery could be open later this spring.
Inside the Watermark building in downtown Green Bay, Patrick Hoffman is busy expanding an already very successful business.
“Just be part of downtown and with these kinds of views where we are standing right now – yes very exciting,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman is co-owner of the Creamery in De Pere. It is a popular cafe specializing in coffee, breakfast and lunch. This week after a few months of delays construction kicked off to turn this old loading dock area of the former Younkers and H.C. Prange building, into a second cafe.
“We ripped out the elevator shaft where our kitchen is going to be,” Hoffman said.
The general manager promises to make an impression.
“Unique food, a unique night life with live music, an overall scene Green Bay has never seen before,” said Patrick Murphy.
The Creamery is the first tenant to move into the Watermark building since it came under new ownership last summer. Hoffman says they chose the site because downtown is booming.
“It just all ties to what we want to do,” said Hoffman. “We’re different – this is kind of different – it’s just that culture kind of thing.”
During demolition Hoffman found an old H.C. Prange sign.
“We’re actually bringing them back to life and have it be part of our building because that’s really what this building started as,” Hoffman said.
And hopefully by St. Patrick’s Day – this second Creamery will open for business and start making some history of its own – adding to the growing buzz building in downtown Green Bay.