Yep, Lowlands Group will reopen all of its restaurants for to-go service on Friday, May 15. The reopened restaurants include the five Café Hollander locations, Café Benelux, Centraal Grand Café & Tappery, and the new Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club. The restaurants have been closed since late March.
All locations will be open for to-go service Wednesdays through Sundays for dinner, and Sundays for brunch.
“After taking the time to thoughtfully consider how we could reopen safely for both our customers and employees, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re back,” says Eric Wagner, Lowlands Group CEO, in a press release. “We’re more committed than ever to offering our neighbors an authentic, immersive dining experience from their local grand café, though that’ll happen in their dining rooms for now, rather than ours, as we wait for our café patios to open soon.”
But wait, there’s more! Lowlands is also rolling out a new street food lineup, featuring fish bites, mac and cheese croquettes, bitterballen, and more. Bloody Marys, Old Fashioneds, and growlers and crowlers are also available. Sunday brunch, too!
“If they’re anything like us, we know our customers are missing their everyday routines, from grabbing a bier after work to meeting friends for brunch on Sunday,” says Wagner. “While we can’t open our dining rooms and patios yet, we’re hoping some of our new offerings and old favorites will provide a bit of a bright spot, or as we like to say, ‘Gezellig,’ as people adapt and look forward to the future.”
Here are some restaurant-specific items being offered:
Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club (Wauwatosa) – Take the Supper Club Experience Home
Buckatabon’s menu highlights include Northwoods favorites – prime rib, BBQ ribs, lasagna and fish fry – along with drink packages and brunch on Sunday. Since the restaurant’s recent debut, menu additions include a buffalo chicken bucket (starting next Thursday), urban cowboy cheeseburger, and new frozen to-go treats including pudding shots and frozen grasshoppers. A new Old Fashioned Milkshake IPA is now available in growlers, the result of a collaboration with Eagle Park Brewing Company.
Café Benelux (Third Ward) – Pure Gezellig: Luxury Comfort in Your Home
To-go from Café Benelux offers an elevated dining experience, from the comfort of home. New menu items include a Nashville hot chicken bucket and walleye fish fry on Friday nights. A nod to the restaurant’s popular wintertime Lux Domes experience, a free coveted all-purpose Lux Domes mug will be added to all drink packages.
Café Hollander (Downer Avenue, Wauwatosa, Madison, Mequon and Brookfield) – Grand Café Experience at Home
Lowlands Group is rolling out its “New” Amsterdam Snacks street grub line at its five Café Hollander locations featuring mac and cheese croquettes, fish bites, big street pretzel, bitterballen and frites. Café Hollander’s family-friendly fare includes grand café classic salads, sandwiches, burgers, kids meals and new “bucket” dinners: Red Light fried chicken legs and Hollander fish fry. Drink packages include Lowlands Brewing Collaborative growlers.
Centraal Grand Café & Tappery (Bay View) – International Bazaar and Crowler Depot
Centraal’s eclectic international menu allows at home diners to travel the world, from the comfort of home. The restaurant’s tap curations are available in trio crowler packages comprised of three different biers, with a free crowler coozie. New to-go food items include a Peri-Peri fried chicken bucket.
And, yes, there’s more! From the press release:
While it finds new ways to serve its customers and the community, Lowlands Group is committed to continuing to serve its employee base as well. As part of the reopening, the company is bringing back all of its full-time salaried managers at full pay. The company is also covering 100 percent of employee health insurance costs in April and May and offers an employee family meal program.
“The resilience and dedication our teams have shown since day one of this shutdown has been both inspiring and humbling. Without their enthusiasm and willingness to adapt, without their passion for this industry and their genuine appreciation for our guests, we would not have been able to pull this off,” said Wagner. “This company has always operated like one big family, and just like families everywhere, we’re relying on each other now more than ever. It’s been a tough few months, but the challenges have only reinforced our commitment to our family, and to the families we hope to see in our dining rooms and on our patios in the very near future.”