Amidst the construction occupying the city, locals are beginning to come across a new eatery that is sure to impress. Derek and Sherie Nelson, who formerly owned and operated CamRock Cafe & Sport in Cambridge, recently opened The Hub Cafe, Pub & Sport,128 E Madison St.
After five years and building a solid business model in Cambridge with the CamRock Cafe & Sport, our building lease ended,” said Sherie Nelson, owner. “Being that we are from Lake Mills and our family and friends are here, we decided to look at possible options.”
With Oh La La Hair Salon moving to Madison, the couple reached out to the Bank of Lake Mills who owns the house.
From there, everything fell right into place. Working with the bank has been great–they recognized the necessity to support economic development in a small town by supporting new business.”
It’s Lake Mills new hotspot for morning coffee, evening drinks and casual dining. Located between the L.D. Fargo Public Library and the Bank of Lake Mills, the eatery exhibits an eccentric, friendly atmosphere. Upon entering, visitors are welcomed by a cozy cafe on the right and chill bar on the left. With the arrival of pleasant weather, customers can enjoy seating on the front porch, capturing the view of Commons Park.
The Hub’s cafe offers a lineup of Session Roasted Colectivo coffee, Rishi teas, and tasty bakery along with breakfast burritos and bagels. Crisp salads, sandwiches and wraps comprise a tasty lunch menu. In the evening, The Hub offers plates to share with loaded flatbreads, mini sliders and even a charcuterie board featuring meats from Underground Butcher and Wisconsin cheese.
The pub is building its reputation for its excellent wine selection and rotating variety of craft beers on tap. With the diverse assortment of craft beer, wine, sangrias and assorted bottled beverages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Hub recently kicked off its new Mug Club, which is a members only club that will hold monthly brewer chats hosted by Wisconsin brewers to share their love of brewing.
Derek Nelson comes from a family who is well versed in the food and hospitality industry.
“His grandparents owned and operated a quaint, little restaurant and general store in Duxbury, Minn. for over 40 years, and before them, his great-grandparents had owned it since 1928. Derek grew up learning the ropes from them and his mother, Teri Nelson, who owns and operates The Sweet Autumn Inn, Bed & Breakfast here in Lake Mills,” Sherie Nelson said.
In addition to the cafe and pub, The Hub promotes sport with its full service bike shop with repair services and bike rentals. Individuals can bring their bikes by for service or call for a pick-up. The Hub offers a variety of rentals—cruisers, trail bikes, fat bikes and electric bikes—and customers are encouraged to stop in and take one for a spin. Weekly group rides are held on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings as well. When the snow flies, The Hub also has snowshoes and cross-country skis available.
The Hub also has space for business meetings or private parties with catering options are available. Check out The Hub Cafe, Pub & Sport on Facebook for upcoming music, classes and special events.
“As for me, event management and marketing is where my skill set lives. And of course, I love good coffee and craft beers. Plus, I’m told I make a pretty darn good macaron,” she said.