Ayhan and Gulten Munzur have closed Cafe De Arts' purple house.
But the transition into a new coffee shop didn't take long for the Munzurs, who have been remodeling the former St. Paul Pub at 830 W. St. Paul Ave. for the last few months, opened the new Cafe De Arts before the end of the year.
They opened the relocated Cafe De Arts on Dec. 28, just two days after closing the doors at its previous location,136 E. St. Paul Ave.
The Munzurs opened their cafe in 2009, and it quickly became a popular destination with its colorful exterior and its fresh products. Ayhan Munzur roasts all of the coffee on site.
But with the property owner looking to sell the building this year, the Munzurs began looking at their options. While they ultimately decided to relocate, they didn't want to leave Waukesha.
The Munzurs, who immigrated to Waukesha more than a decade ago from Turkey, soon found an empty spot a mile away.
Since the Munzurs didn't want Cafe De Arts to be closed for an extended period of time, they renovated the interior of their new building and painted the exterior while still operating the purple-colored building.
This allowed the couple to have a seamless transition into the new space.
While the new location isn't painted purple like the former coffee shop, drivers on West St. Paul Avenue shouldn't miss it. The one-time pub has large flower pedals, a coffee cup and the name of the business painted on the exterior.
Ayhan Munzur, who bought the new building in late September, actually opened ahead of schedule. His plan was to have the new Cafe De Arts opened by the start of 2016.
The new shop, Ayhan Munzur said, gives him more room for his roasting station, which previously was tucked inside a small side room.
In addition to hot and iced drinks, the coffee shop will continue to serve breakfast, panini and cold deli sandwiches, salads and soups.
At his new location, Ayhan Munzur also plans to grow Cafe De Arts' wholesale business.
Cafe De Arts is open 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Cafe De Arts was previously closed Sundays at its old location.