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Raymond and Kelsey Anderson opened their new Affogato Lane Coffee Co. mobile coffee trailer business in La Crescent around the end of September. They will mark three months in business with a grand opening celebration on Saturday inside Bauer’s Market and Garden Center in La Crescent, where Affogato Lane is serving its beverages during the winter months.
This is affogato, an Italian dessert that’s made and sold at Affogato Lane Coffee Co. in La Crescent. Affogato makes it by drowning vanilla ice cream with espresso. This particular affogato also has a caramel pecan topping. Affogato Lane Coffee also offers a mocha swirl topping.
Raymond and Kelsey Anderson will mark the first three months of their new Affogato Lane Coffee Co. with a grand opening celebration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday inside Bauer’s Market and Garden Center at 221 N. Second St. in La Crescent.
They’ve been selling coffee and other beverages from their Affogato Lane mobile coffee trailer at various La Crescent locations since opening at the end of September. They moved the trailer into a heated space inside Bauer’s Market in December, and will continue doing business there for the rest of the winter. Affogato Lane’s winter hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday. Any deviations from those hours are noted on Affogato Lane’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The mobile coffee trailer can be booked for events.
Saturday’s grand opening will feature specials, live music with Joe Cody from 10 a.m. to noon, local vendors selling cookies and other items, free hot chocolate and apple cider for children and face painting for children. Doughnuts from Linda’s Bakery in West Salem will be for sale, as they sometimes are at Affogato Lane.
The Andersons make their coffee beverages with roasted coffee beans from Carlson Roasting Co. in Houston, Minnesota, and from Bean Juice in La Crosse. They also sell frappes, smoothies, tea, chocolate-covered espresso beans and affogato — an Italian dessert made by drowning vanilla ice cream in espresso. The Andersons also offer two kinds of topping for affogato — caramel pecan and mocha swirl.
The Andersons live in La Crescent and said they decided to start a coffee business there because it didn’t have one. They plan to eventually have a brick-and-mortar coffee shop in La Crescent.
Business has been “really, really good,” said Kelsey, who also is a registered nurse and works at the Semcac Clinic in Winona.
“The community has really helped us and shown us a lot of love,” said Raymond, who is pastor of Zion Evangelical Church in Brownsville.
For more information, visit Affogato Lane’s Facebook or Instagram pages or www.affogatolanecoffee.com, which has a link to a page for online ordering.
Meanwhile, Kevin Gonzalez and his wife, Yariba Cerda, opened West Up Nutrition on Nov. 25 in the former The Westby Blend coffee and tea shop at 211 S. Main St. in downtown Westby. They describe their business as a healthy energy juice bar.
It serves boba drinks, teas, shakes, protein coffee and other items made with Herbalife products. Gonzalez and Cerda are Herbalife distributors.
The couple live in Richland Center and also operate a similar business, Power Station, which opened in June in Hillsboro. They are natives of Nicaragua and plan to open a restaurant, La Marimba Nicaraguan Cuisine, next summer in Hillsboro.
“We like small towns and the feeling of being supported by the community,” Gonzalez said of their decision to open West Up Nutrition in Westby. “We also like the Wisconsin lifestyle. And Westby didn’t have one,” he said of juice bars that make beverages from Herbalife products.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. “We’re thinking about opening up on Sundays in the spring,” Gonzalez said.
For more information, call West Up Nutrition at 608-634-2011 or visit its Facebook or Instagram pages.
Katelyn Jaeckels opened Pure Bliss Skinspa in October at 511 Main St. in downtown La Crosse. It’s inside Tease Salon & Barbershop.
Jaeckels’ new business offers customized anti-aging and acne-clearing facials, as well as full body waxing with hard and soft wax, and dermaplaning. “I also offer retail skincare and waxing aftercare products,” she said. “And I offer gift certificates.”
She is a licensed esthetician and a 2016 graduate of the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau.
Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and closed Saturday and Sunday.
For more information or to book appointments, visit www.pureblissskinspa.com. The business also is on Facebook.
Edwardo’s Ristorante di Pizza at 1930 Rose St. closed in 2015 after 55 years of business. The building was torn down and Good Steward Resale Store opened there in 2016.
Embers Restaurant, a Minnesota-based chain, opened at 2620 Rose St. in December, 1973. The eatery closed in April 2004 to make room for a Walgreens, which opened at the site in November 2004.
T. Daniel Solie, owner of the Cheddar ‘n Ale, samples some of his new restaurant’s fare with store manager Joan Jahimiak and co-owner Beverlee Solie. The eatery was located in the same building as the Solies’ other business, the Swiss Chateau, at 728 S. Third St. Today, that site is a sales lot for Toyota of La Crosse.
The Mai-Tai Supper Club is shown here in 1978, the same year the restaurant at 1539 Rose St. was sold by Rachel Skoug to Glenn Addis. In January 1983, Addis sold the property to Arthur Lucas, who renamed the restaurant Arthur’s Restaurant; the restaurant closed five months later. Later that year, Lucas was convicted of first degree-murder. According to news reports, Lucas shot Theodore and Carlene Ann Buschkopf in a Winona, Minn., hotel room; Theodore Buschkopf died from his injuries. Investigators later discovered that Arthur Lucas and Carlene Ann Buschkopf had planned the hit in order to collect life insurance money to fund the restaurant’s reopening. The building was razed, and today the land is a parking just south of the Subway restaurant on the city’s North Side. Carrie died in custody in 2010. Arthur was released in 2013 after serving nearly 30 years in prison.
Eugene McLellan was the manager of Winchell’s Donut House, which opened in 1978 at the corner of West Avenue and Jackson Street.
Masons work on the exterior of a Taco Bell restaurant under construction in 1977 at 1200 La Crosse St. In 1998, Taco Bell moved to 315 West Ave. N., and Pappa John’s pizzeria moved into the building at the corner of La Crosse Street and West Avenue. It closed in 2008, and today a Subway restaurant occupies the corner lot.
Betty Volkman, a server at the New Villa, looks over a replica of the U.S. flag in this 1976 photo. The restaurant closed in May 1999, and the building was razed in 2003 to provide parking for the nearby Marcus Cinema Theater. According to the La Crosse Public Library Archives, the restaurant dated to 1937 when George Dialler purchased Rich Newburgs Nite Club and renamed it the New Villa. Dialler selected a rooster as the restaurants logo to pay tribute to the location once having been a poultry farm. In conjunction with the rooster, the New Villa’s slogan was “food and cocktails to crow about.” It was widely known for its chicken dumpling soup, Hershey almond pie and Friday fish fry dinners.
Darrell and Rosie Kluever, owners of Mr. D’s Donuts, show off their new location shortly after the restaurant moved to 1146 State St. in 1976. The Kluevers’ first Mr. D’s restaurant, opened in 1969, was located next door. Art Lotz took over as owner in 1979, and the restaurant closed in 2006 to make room for a widening of West Avenue.
The Bodega Lunch Club, pictured in 1975, was a downtown La Crosse landmark for generations. The restaurant opened in 1897 at 122 S. Fourth St. and closed for good in 1989 after a brief closure in 1984. Jeff Hotson and Michael Breckel purchased the building in 1994 and created the Bodega Brew Pub, which still anchors the corner of Fourth and Pearl streets.
When the Linker Building was razed in 1962 as a result of a fire, a large hole remained on the site at the southwest corner of Fourth and Main streets. It was an eyesore, and began to be referred to by residents as the hole, according to research by the archives department of the La Crosse Public Library. The land stood vacant until 1966, when efforts by local businesses, organizations and individuals built a sunken garden. An agreement was made with Ben Marcus, the landowner, whereby the chamber would coordinate development of the park, but Marcus would retain full rights and if he decided to build or sell the property, the city would remove the park. Part of the agreement was that filling the hole was not permitted, so the sunken garden was planned. Debris was cleared by Boy Scouts and other volunteers, and a fountain was installed. A name-the-hole contest was held, and the winner was Phil Dyer with his entry Man-Lay Garden. The name was symbolic of the cooperation of management and labor in this project. A commemorative plaque, which included before and after pictures of the site, was placed in the garden in July 1967 in honor of the firms and individuals that donated materials and labor. In 1974, Marcus sold the land for $75,000, and one year later it was announced that a McDonalds restaurant would be built. It was built so the garden could be partially retained. A 32-foot bridge was built from the sidewalk on Fourth Street over the garden to the walkway. The fast-food restaurant closed its location in 1995. In 1998, the property was remodeled for a Brueggers Bagels, and the Man-Lay garden east of the building was filled in to create six parking spaces by fall 1999. The bagel shop closed in 2004. Today the site is home to Howe’s Jewelers.
This Taco John’s restaurant opened in 1975 at 229 Rose St. In 1998, the restaurant moved to a larger location at 602 Monitor St., which was previously home to Taco Time. The location at 229 Rose St. is home today to a used car lot.
Taco Village server Carol Gilmore takes orders from Lisa Hanson, Douglas Hanson and Joan Kapeccas shortly after the Mexican restaurant, located at the corner of 19th and State Streets, opened. Today, that location is home to The Mint restaurant.
Construction continues on the new Ponderosa Steak House in this 1973 photo. The building, at 2526 Rose St., became North Country Steak Buffet in 1999.
Shakey’s Pizza Parlor and Ye Public House is shown here in 1973 shortly before it opened at 1227 S. Third St. Later, a Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream restaurant opened at that site, which today is occupied by Dave’s Guitar Shop.
This photo shows the Fireside Restaurant after its dining room was remodeled in 1973. The supper club, located at 9402 Hwy. 16, was opened in 1946 by Ivan Peterson. After the La Crosse restaurant closed in May 1988, the building was demolished to make way for a Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Today, the site is home to a Walgreens.
Charles Hoffman, president of Hoffman House Restaurants, and Mary Lou Mason are served coffee in the new Hoffman House Restaurant, which opened inside the Midway Motor Lodge, 1835 Rose St., in 1972. In 1983, Ken and Jay Proksch began leasing the restaurant and renamed it Moxie’s. It changed names again, in 1999, to River Jack’s, and later to Black River Bar & Grill. Today it has the Moxie’s name once again.
Louis and Lialys Bantle raise their glasses in a toast to the new owner of Louie Bantle’s Restaurant, Max Kottmer, right. Louis started his restaurant career in 1944 when he became part owner of Fifth Avenue Buffet. Then, in 1947, he purchased La Conga at 312 S. Third St. and renamed it Louie Bantle’s Restaurant. Today, the La Crosse Professional Plaza is located at that site.
Myron “Mike” Peterson, owner of the Royale Pie Shop, is shown in 1971 shortly before his business at 915 Fifth Ave. S. closed. Peterson estimated he made 2 million pies during the 35 years he was in business. The site today is a duplex.
Chicago’s Beef & Etc. closed in August of 2017 when owner Ed Pisarik retired. The restaurant had been located at 1203 La Crosse St. for 21½ years.
Owner Arthur Grathen is shown here in 1971 shortly before his restaurant, Kewpee Lunch, closed. It was best known for its hamburgers. Grathen opened the restaurant at 314 S. Fourth St. in 1938 with his brother-in-law Harry Vokel, when burgers sold for 5 cents. The price gradually increased over the years before peaking at 20 cents. Today, the storefront is occupied by Designing Jewelers.
Bridgeman’s Ice Cream opened in August 1971 at 3716 Mormon Coulee Road. It was renamed Wayne’s Family Restaurant in 1992 before closing.
The Dog House Restaurant opened in September 1965. On hand for the opening were, from left, local franchise owner William Jefferson company President Ross Marino. The eatery, located at the corner of Losey Boulevard and State Road, was open 24 hours a day. Hobbit Travel now occupies the corner.
The Swiss Chateau, a cheese, wine and specialty food shop, opened at corner of Third and Ferry streets in 1964. It later added a restaurant called Cheddar and Ale. Today, that site is a sales lot for Toyota of La Crosse.
Henry’s Drive-In — which featured a menu of hamburgers, french fries and milkshakes — opened in 1962 at the corner of Seventh and King streets. The building was torn down in 1981 to make way for Godfather’s Pizza. That site is home to Pizza Doctors today.
The Triangle Cafe, which opened in 1951, was a popular breakfast spot in downtown La Crosse. Shown in this 1954 photo are, from left, owner H.F. (Herb) Troyer, Betty Troyer, Mary Kreutzer and Thomas Baldwin. The restaurant’s building at 601 Main St. was demolished to make room for Gateway Terrace Condominiums.
Louis Athnos, second from right, stands behind the counter inside the Harmony Cafe, 128 N. Third St. The cafe closed in the 1950s, and today the location is home to The State Room.
Dorothy Sheehan serves a customer during the last week of business at South Avenue Cafeteria in 1983. The building was demolished shortly after the restaurant closed. Gundersen Health System’s Founders Building occupies the spot today.
A circa 1966 view of the Penguin Drive-In, 3317 Mormon Coulee Road, at that time next to a Texaco gas station. The Penguin, which was first operated by Orville Maxwell, was a popular spot for ice cream treats and was in business from 1966 to 1973, according to city directory files. The old Penguin building is long gone and its former site is now occupied by Engelson & Associates, LTD., an accounting and tax consultant firm.
The TGI Fridays in Onalaska closed in September 2019. The The restaurant, located in Pralle Center, opened in March 2001.
Brie Thompson, from left, Dustin Thompson, Zoa Ryan, and Peter Beard, opened their “Blade Runner” inspired noodle bar, Fat Porcupine, at 127 S. Fourth St. in early December. The bar closed July 31 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Burger Fusion closed in downtown La Crosse
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Raymond and Kelsey Anderson opened their new Affogato Lane Coffee Co. mobile coffee trailer business in La Crescent around the end of September. They will mark three months in business with a grand opening celebration on Saturday inside Bauer’s Market and Garden Center in La Crescent, where Affogato Lane is serving its beverages during the winter months.
This is affogato, an Italian dessert that’s made and sold at Affogato Lane Coffee Co. in La Crescent. Affogato makes it by drowning vanilla ice cream with espresso. This particular affogato also has a caramel pecan topping. Affogato Lane Coffee also offers a mocha swirl topping.
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