New restaurant Canela Café opening on Milwaukee's Downer Avenue

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A new restaurant is opening this summer on Milwaukee's historic Downer Avenue. 

Located at 2621 N. Downer Avenue -- formerly the Original Pancake House -- the new Canela Café will serve a full array of breakfast and lunch items seven days a week, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and fresh options.

“Canela Café will be a place for families, young professionals and students to enjoy a breakfast, lunch or Sunday brunch in a casual, fun atmosphere on one of Milwaukee’s favorite retail streets,” said Dina Awadallah. Dina, who will own and operate the restaurant with her husband Ray, have more than 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business.

The new spot is expected to open in July or August. 

“We're thrilled to welcome Canela Café to Downer Avenue,” said Elizabeth Brodek, executive director of the Historic Downer Business Improvement District. “The mix of offerings is both accessible and upscale, and we're looking forward to this restaurant rounding out our wonderful mix of businesses on Downer Avenue. This fills a prime space in the district and leaves only two open storefront locations on this vibrant street.”

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