History

Whether you are looking for a great cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a specialty beer; a deliciously healthy sandwich, wrap or salad; or a unique handmade gift, you'll find it here at Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room. Located in the Historic Atlas Mill on the north bank of the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room offers a peaceful, serene setting for dining and shopping.

Come… dine outside on the deck overlooking the dams; relax in the cozy atmosphere of the cafe; or snuggle up next to the fireplace with your favorite book and a glass of wine. Stay a while… experience the history… enjoy the views… browse the gallery!

HISTORY

Built in 1878 as one of Kimberly-Clark's first papermaking facilities, Atlas Mill closed as an R&D center in 2000. Once again teeming with excitement., the mill is now home to Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room; Historic Appleton Gathering Room; and The Mill Boutique. Indeed, it has become a hub for locals and visitors as they explore Appleton and the surrounding area.

So whether you are looking for a great cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a specialty beer; a deliciously healthy sandwich, wrap or salad; or a unique handmade gift, you'll find it here at Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room. Located on the north bank of the Fox River just south of the bustling downtown area, the mill offers a peaceful, serene setting for dining and shopping.

"Appleton was born here on the riverfront; so in a sense, this is a symbol of rebirth," says Sue Bogenschutz, who owns Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room with her husband, Larry.

Adjacent to the coffee shop and restaurant, the boutique and art gallery offers a wide selection of hand-woven textiles, jewelry, pottery, and other unique gift items created by more than 40 local artists. Many volunteer on a regular basis, teaching and sharing their passions with others.

MEET LARRY AND SUE BOGENSCHUTZ

Waterfront Cafe Appleton, Wisconsin

Native Appletonians, Bogenschutz' historical appreciation stems from their familiarity with not only Appleton as a whole but also, specifically, the Appleton business community. Once third owners of a circa 1895 home they lovingly restored, the couple operated The Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast from 1988 to 2000, before selling the business.

Printer by trade, in 1989 Larry also founded FED Specialties, a trade print shop specializing in foil stamping, embossing & die cutting.

Out of that, came Paper Creations, a retail paper arts store and International Home of Quilt-a-Card.

Both enjoy ballroom dancing and golfing. More importantly, they love to meet and serve people.