Lake Street
Eric Mathes photos
At left, the formal dining area at Lake Street Cafe provides a more quaint ambiance for guests. The casual and bar area (above) is a colorful atmostphere and gives a much different feel. Together, the separate areas give the restaurant an experience for everyone.

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“Our goal isn’t to have the most expensive bottle of wine. We price our list very moderately because we want our customers to be able to explore and enjoy our selection of wine,” Shovan said.

The facts that Lake Street has the third largest wine list in Wisconsin and loyal customers keep coming back are proof that this atmosphere of affordable wine exploration has been created. “Sure, we make a little less on a bottle, but this way our customers enjoy more of what we have to offer.”

Events for everyone

Throughout the year, Lake Street Cafe hosts and takes parts in many events in Elkhart Lake.

“Outside of the busy racing season there are three events we take part in every year that are particularly special,” Shovan said.

In March, The Osthoff Resort hosts the Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities Top Chef competition. This culinary battle features seven Elkhart Lake chefs that go head to head for Elkhart Lake’s Top Chef Award. All proceeds go to the Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities.

“This summer will mark the ninth year that we will host the Midwest Acoustic Music Festival,” Shovan said.

Founded by Shannon Brunet in 2005, MAMF 2013 will be held on Saturday, July 27 at Lake Street Cafe. The festival features up-and-coming acoustic artists from across the Midwest and provides a venue at which to celebrate and foster rising talent and original music.

“Rain or shine, we usually host about 650-plus people every year during the event. It’s a fun experience and is something we look forward to every summer.”

MAMF is set to kick off at 11 a. m. and will continue throughout the day until about 11 p. m.

Lake Street Cafe also helps usher in the holiday season, along with The Paddock Club and Vintage Elkhart Lake, at the Holiday Wine Tasting event. Proceeds from this event go the Plymouth Food Pantry.

Shovan said, “This event is a great way to kick off the holiday season and celebrate together with other local businesses.”

Belonging to a great town

Owning a business in a small town can bring forth a great sense of fellowship. Lake Street Cafe knows this firsthand.

“Having this business in Elkhart Lake has been very special,” Shovan said. “Businesses and people here really work together to support and promote each other. We all know that we are in it together.”

This unique situation has created a community that works in cooperativeness to succeed and grow, together, into the future.

“There’s literally a path worn down between our kitchen and the Paddock Club,” Shovan said of her neighboring restaurant. “If we run out of spinach during a dinner rush, I know we can go next door to get some.”

“You just can’t find that in every town. This is a special place.”