Many new restaurants have opened in and near Madison this fall, with a few businesses moving to new locations. More are opening soon, including a spot serving hazelnuts, coffee, and fried chicken.
On this Cap Times list of 14 places opening this fall or coming in the near future, you’ll find plenty of options catering to a wide variety of tastes. Be sure to check out these new restaurants and cafes with menu items ranging from hotpots and Chicago hot dogs to bubble teas and smoothies.
This list does not include some of the restaurants already covered by Cap Times: Prost!; street north; architecture. hot lunch; good company; Big Sur Cantina, North Shore Pizza and Subs.
Mickey’s Kennel – 330 State Street
Mickey’s Dog House took the place of the former Rollicious Creamery in September on State Street. This cross-country joint serves Chicago-style fast food, including Chicago hot dogs, Polish dogs, chili dogs, and Italian beef. The menu also features hot dogs with adventurous additions, like the Tex-Mex, beef Vienna with salsa, cheddar cheese, diced onion and sour cream.
Noodle Rice Dago – 604 University Ave.
Open since September, Dagu Rice Noodle was once home to Peruvian spot Estacion Inka, which is steps away from its old outpost. Dagu Rice Noodle is a restaurant chain that is popular in China and has made its way to the US, with locations in Las Vegas, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Popular soup dishes are served like a mini hot pot: a simmering pot of broth where you add rice noodles, protein, and toppings yourself.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Jamba Juice – 650 State St.
Popular chains Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Jamba Juice hit State Street this fall, bringing the two brands together in one location. Café Espresso Royale previously occupied this location, but the Michigan-based chain went out of business in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hot Pot 608 – 2825 University Ave.
Formerly an IHOP, the new Hot Pot 608 adds to the growing list of hot pot restaurants in Madison. But this place is unique: For $29.99, customers can get an all-you-can-eat hot pot. There are three sauces to choose from, which come to the table on the stove. Grab the toppings from your self serve fridge, wait for the soup to boil and dip in some protein, pasta or veggies.
Ancora Cafe & Bakery – 3256 University Street.
The Shorewood Hills location of Ancora Cafe + Bakery has moved less than a block away to a larger location on University Street. In a Facebook post, the owners of Ancora said they outgrew the tiny café. Formerly known as Pancheros, the new venue opened in early November and serves brunch, coffee and spirits in a building with two levels of indoor seating.
La Pollera Colombiana – 3579 E Washington Ave.
Family-owned, La Pollera Colombiana opened in late October, catering to Colombian tastes in a colorful space on East Washington Street. The restaurant replaces the former OM Indian Fusion Cuisine, which closed in 2019. Some of La Pollera’s menu items include seafood, ceviche, empanadas and several grilled chicken options.
Bubbling Teapot – 2611 E. Johnson St.
After closing Jade Mountain Bubble Tea Cafe in September, his former employees opened Bubbling Teapot in the same store about a month later. The cozy café still serves Taiwanese food and bubble tea using the same recipes as Jade Mountain. According to their website, new menu items with some Indian and Mauritian influence will be added soon.
Swagat Sun Prairie – 298 S. Grand Ave., Sun Prairie
Swagat Indian Restaurant launched a second location in Sun Prairie in October. In addition to the lunch buffet, Swagat features clay oven cooking, curries, and other dishes with varying levels of spice. Its original location is on the west side of Madison at 707 N. High Point Road.
Far Breton Bakery – 1924 Fordem Ave.
After starting out as a mobile operation in 2019, Far Breton Bakery hosted the opening of a soft-top or brick-and-mortar location in mid-November. The storefront is now officially open, and owner Mary Young is building the kitchen in the back. Far Breton serves French-style pastries and is currently open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 9am to 1pm
Madison Chocolate Company – Heritage Square Shopping Center
In early February, the Madison Chocolate Company will open a second establishment in the former Associated Bank – just two miles from its original location. It will contain many of the same items as the Glenway/Monroe Street store, but will also include a full gluten-free bakery and a separate gluten-free chocolate kitchen.
Draper Brothers Chop House – 101 N. Hamilton Street
The founder of Rare Steakhouse and Ivory Room Piano Bar will open an upscale Italian restaurant and bar by early spring. The site is a historic building, designated a city landmark, in Capitol Square. Restaurants Blue Marlin, Boar & Barrel, and Hamilton’s on the Square have all strolled through the location in the past few years.
Jersey Mike Subs – 449 State Street
Another new series coming to State Street this winter: Jersey Mike’s Subs. The franchise offers cold and hot subs, with two locations already in Madison, one in Middleton and one in Sun Prairie.
Sweet Green – 652 State Street
Sweetgreen, a Los Angeles-based fast food chain founded in Washington, D.C., in 2007, will open a Madison location in early fall 2023. As of December 2017, that spot was a joint Einstein Bros. Bagels / Caribou Coffee.
Zippy Loop Coffee, Donuts and Fried Chicken – 2013 N. Sherman Ave.
Zippy Lube Coffee, Donuts & Fried Chicken is located in the former Zippy Lube service station and opened in November. The 1,000-square-foot store will officially open on December 1, and offers sandwiches, “fried donuts,” pressure-fried chicken, and the same coffee roasters used by Lazy Jane’s Café.