Date Night: The Heated Domes are Back at Café Benelux and Hollander

Lux Domes at Café Benelux, Photo from Lowlands Group

The iconic heated domes are back this year at Benelux Cafe and Cafe Hollander locations around Milwaukee.

Reservations are now available for heated and private winter experiences in domes, globes and ice fishing shanties for groups of 6-8 at each of the groups’ eight restaurants in the Milwaukee area and Madison.   

The most high-end option is the $150 Lux Domes reservation at Cafe Benelux.

The Lux Dome reservation includes two beverage packages and keepsake camp mugs.

It includes a private Lux Dome for 90 minutes for 6-8 guests, two beverage packages, a keepsake Lux Dome camp mug for everyone in your party, and more food platter and beverage packages.

Café Benelux is located in the Historic Third Ward at 346 N Broadway.

Reservations for the Dome Villages at Cafe Hollander are $50 and include 90 minutes and seating for up to six people, plus 2 drink packages of your choice.

Café Hollander has four Milwaukee area locations:

Milwaukee, Historic Downer Avenue neighborhood at 2608 N Downer Ave 
Brookfield, The Corners of Brookfield at 20150 Union St 
Mequon at 5900 W Mequon Rd.
Wauwatosa Village at 7677 W State St 

The heated domes are available at all Café Hollander locations.

Also in Wauwatosa, Frank & Larry’s Northwoods Shanties are back for outdoor winter dining, handcrafted by KMS Limited in Eagle River. $100 reservations include 90 minutes in the private, heated shanty, seating for 6-8 people, and two beverage packages.

And at Centraal Grand Cafe & Tappery in Bay View, you can make a reservation to eat in the heated courtyard or in the colorful streetcar on Lincoln.

The Northwoods Ice Shanties are back at Café Hollander in Wauwatosa.

Centraal Grand Café & Tappery is located in Milwaukee’s trendy Bay View neighborhood on the main thoroughfare at 2305 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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Other holiday events at Lowlands Group restaurants include:

Chili Weather Coat Drive – Saturday, Nov. 19 

Lowlands Group will host its annual Chili Weather Coat Drive at Café Hollander – Downer on Saturday, Nov. 19. For each winter clothing donation participants will receive a free cup of chili and a Santa Rampage bier or hot cocoa. All donations benefit the Milwaukee Women’s Center. 

A division of Community Advocates, the Milwaukee Women’s Center provides comprehensive services and treatment for women, men and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, addiction, mental health issues, homelessness and poverty.  

Black Friday Brunch – Friday, Nov. 25 

All Lowlands Group locations invite shoppers, and those just looking for a way to treat themselves this holiday weekend, to an extra day of brunch. 

Café Hollanders in Milwaukee (Downer Ave.), Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Madison will serve brunch from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

                        Café Hollander Mequon will serve brunch 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

                        Centraal Grand Café & Tappery will serve brunch 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

                        Café Benelux will serve brunch 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

                        Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club will serve brunch 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

                        (Pronunciation key: Buckatabon rhymes with “Chuck a Robin”) 

Santa Rampage – Saturday, Dec. 3 

Lowlands Group launches its seasonal Lowlands Brewing Collaborative Santa Rampage bier on November 17 along with a curated list of many other holiday biers available at Café Benelux, Café Hollander and Centraal Grand Café & Tappery. 

The Lowlands Brewing Collaborative Santa Rampage bier is brewed in Belgium in collaboration with Brouwerij Van Steenberge, to celebrate one of Milwaukee’s favorite holiday traditions, the Santa Cycle Rampage Ride. Coriander, orange peel and caramel, dance a sweet and spicy holiday jig that will warm even the coldest winter bike riders. 

The Santa Cycle Rampage ride is Saturday, Dec. 3 and is the world’s largest holiday themed costume group bicycle ride for charity, benefiting the Wisconsin Bike Fed. 

Café Hollander in the Milwaukee Downer Ave. neighborhood, Café Hollander in Tosa Village and Centraal Grand Café & Tappery in Bayview, are traditional stops for Santa riders whether for breakfast and Bloody Marys before the ride, a warm-up during the ride or a refresher after. These locations will be ready to host Santa riders all morning long. 

Lowlands Group is a longtime supporter of the Santa Cycle Rampage ride and Wisconsin Bike Fed. Continuing this tradition of support, $1 of every Lowlands Brewing Collaborative Santa Rampage Bier sold Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4 at any Lowlands Group location will be donated to the Wisconsin Bike Fed. 

About the Lowlands Group 

Lowlands Group owns and operates eight restaurants in Wisconsin including Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club, Café Benelux, Centraal Grand Café & Tappery, as well as Café Hollanders located on Downer Avenue, the Village in Wauwatosa, Hilldale in Madison, Mequon and Brookfield. Its European-inspired grand cafés feature from-scratch cooking and an impressive selection of Belgian beers. The company prides itself in its passion for cycling, bringing neighborhoods together and giving back to the community. More information can be found at

The group also operates the Lowlands Brewing Collaborative; a celebration of beer culture that brings the world’s best brewers together to create unique beers available exclusively at the Lowlands Grand Cafés. Learn more at

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