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On March 1, 2010, Chef Nick Burki & Chef Chris Hatleli 's dreams came true when their mentors Sanford and Angie D’Amato sold them their beloved Coquette Cafe.

Nick and Chris have 15 years combined experience working for Sanford and Angie D’Amato at Sanford Restaurant and also Coquette Cafe where they were part of the opening team. They were the opening chefs of the original The Social on 2nd Street .Chris also opened as chef of The Social on 1st Street and Sol Fire on Farwell Avenue. Nick was the Chef at the West Bend Country Club and also helped open the East side gem Yield . Nick & Chris were reunited in 2006 as co-chefs at the Milwaukee Art Museum's Café Calatrava. In February 2009 Nick and Chris were chosen to prepare Valentines Day dinner at the James Beard House in New York City.

After 11 years owning and operating Coquette Cafe, it was very important to the D’Amato’s to pass the torch to someone who could step into the restaurant and run it from day one. Nick and Chris will bring a fresh perspective to the restaurant while embracing the classic integrity that has made Coquette the authentic French bistro/cafe and a favorite haunt of the city from its inception. Nick & Chris are very excited to be able to keep the existing staff and add their own twist to the existing menu.

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