Schlitz Park has dropped its long-time coffee shop operator — an affiliate of a nonprofit small business lender.
Coffee With A Conscience, the 24-year-old social business venture of the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp., closed its cafe at 1555 N. RiverCenter Drive after the downtown Milwaukee business park’s owners ended an operating agreement with WWBIC.
Coffee With A Conscience featured locally roasted coffee drinks along with bakery and craft food/beverage products made by area women- and minority-owned businesses.
Its profits supported WWBIC, which provides loans and other entrepreneurial support for women, veterans, people of color and low-income people.
Schlitz Park ended its agreement with WWBIC as a result of contracting with F Street Hospitality to reopen the Brown Bottle restaurant, and operate all food, beverage, catering and events at the business park.