Food & Beverage

Waterlin



From hole in the wall to neighborhood watering hole

THE CHALLENGE

An underperforming restaurant can drain a hotel. Such was the case at a branded property in Menomonee Falls, WI. The owners needed an entirely new concept to draw locals and keep guests coming back. It was on us to find that secret sauce.

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The Client

  • Hostmark Hospitality
  • Milwaukee, WI

What We Delivered

  • Art Direction
  • Brand and Identity
  • Brand Experience Consulting
  • Copywriting
  • Email Marketing
  • Environmental Branding
  • Illustration
  • Naming
  • Photography Art Direction
  • Printed Collateral
  • Social Media

Embrace the roots of your tight-knit community.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Named after the forefather of ice harvesting in the Menomonee Falls area that brought industry and life to the otherwise uneventful area, Waterlin Coffee Bar & Bistro aims to do just that: bring life to an area that isn’t a known hotspot in the Greater Milwaukee area.

With proper branding, Waterlin went from outdated to history-centric and a money pit to a neighborhood watering hole

A HISTORY OF BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Locals often tell us exactly what they’re looking for. After talking with the Chamber of Commerce and conducting our own market research, B&Co. found some strong consistencies. These inherent characteristics of the people and places surrounding the hotel gave us our inspiration a concept that would transition from morning coffee shop to late-night hot spot.The former space was nothing spectacular. The bar was configured uncomfortably, the ambiance was outdated and there was no story to be told. Looking to turn a profit, our team was hired to develop a complete concept, create a compelling brand story and direct the interior space.

Understanding that the locals love “The Falls,” our team relied on its own history and developed a concept and visuals that pays homage to its ice harvesting industry.