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  • The Coffee Pot
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  • The Coffee Pot
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Featured Business: The Coffee Pot

In 2004, long-time friends Janis Barnhill and Julie Zorn became owners of The Coffee Pot, at 4914 Seventh Avenue in Downtown Kenosha. Twelve years later, the pair expanded the business by purchasing the building next door and adding a new dining room. This new space is called The Kenosha Room. Next, the friends are opening an inn.

Janis and Julie, both from Kenosha, have been friends since high school and have had eight jobs together. They had talked of opening a restaurant together at some point.  The diner originally opened in the early 1930's, and has been known by various names over the years. The neon sign above the window was commissioned in the 1930’s for the location.  

The Coffee Pot is open for breakfast and lunch, offering classic diner fare with a creative twist of fresh and seasonal inspirations. There are many gluten free options – including breads, soups, gravies, pancakes, French toast, and more. The owners take great pride in offering homemade food, including daily homemade specials. The soups, sauces, and mashed potatoes are all homemade.

The Coffee Pot serves your breakfast standards like 2 Eggs + Toast or 2 Eggs + Carved Ham Steak. There are hometown favorites like Biscuits and Gravy. Coffee Pot Benny’s and Coffee Pot Omelets are their own categories on the menu. Then there are French Toast & Pancakes, Cereal & Sides, Sandwiches, Burgers, and much more!

Among The Coffee Pot’s most popular menu items are the Corned Beef Hash (corned beef made in-house and shredded), Salmon Benny, and The Herbivore Omelet (Spinach, Zucchini, Onion, Tomato, Mushrooms and Colby Jack Cheese).

Specials have included Nutty Stuffed French Toast, Hot Hungarian Sausage & Eggs, Meatloaf & Eggs, Irish Benny, Tenderloin Benedict, Shepherd's Pie, California Turkey Club Wrap, Sloppy Joes, Stuffed Acorn Squash, Chicken Enchiladas, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and a Hot Beef Sandwich.

A full bar is available, and includes the diner’s famous and homemade Bacon Blood Mary, mimosas, beer and wine, Irish coffee, and more. Locally roasted Columbian coffee is offered.

The décor is retro in the original dining room, with many antiques. The new dining room will ultimately have a step-back-in-time feeling to it. During the summer months, the outdoor dining space “The Garden of Eatin’” is open. Customers can feel the Lake Michigan breeze, and dine among the flowers, vegetables, and palm trees. When this outdoor space is open, The Kenosha Room is closed.

When the diner expanded with The Kenosha Room, the opportunity presented itself to open The Coffee Pot Inn above the new dining room. The inn is expected to open by April 2017. It will be a three-bedroom tourist apartment featuring a full kitchen, dining room, family room, enclosed sun room, bathroom, and free delivery service from The Coffee Pot (during diner hours).

More fun facts:

  • The diner uses only real butter on their toast and in their cooking.
  • Diner merchandise is available to purchase.
  • The Coffee Pot participates in such community food competitions as the Bowls & Books Soup Fest Contest that Lakeside Players hosts each March (the diner has won first place for the Roasted Corn Chowder with Cheese Popcorn) and the Kenosha History Center Chili Cook-Off in October.
  • Carryout is available.
  • The Coffee Pot is a cash-only place.

The homemade food is delicious, the setting is perfect (whether indoors or outdoors), and the upcoming inn is bound to exceed your expectations as well! Enjoy The Coffee Pot: its own destination in Downtown Kenosha!

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February 2017

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