The idea for Belfrē Kitchen came to owner, Amy Quinn, as she sat in a tiny, family-owned gelato shop in Santorini, Greece with her two daughters. Over the course of their trip, the girls had tasted their fair share of gelato (you might venture to call them connoisseurs), and on their final night they stumbled upon a store that exuded a type of vibrancy that immediately drew them in. The owner stood behind the counter serving up gelato and engaging with every guest as if they were a long-lost friend. It was immediately evident to Amy and the girls that this was his life's work, his passion. A sign hung on the wall that read,
"When I'm making gelato, I feel JOY! When you choose joy, you feel good, you do good... and when you do good it reminds others of what it feels like! And it just might inspire them to do the same in their own way."
As Amy and the girls sat on the stoop enjoying their gelato, they talked about taking big chances and finding fulfillment in doing whatever it is that lights you up. And so, a dream began to percolate...
What if they started a restaurant at home? What if they created a space where regulars were known by name and everyone was greeted with a genuine smile? The food would be fresh and locally sourced, the wine list would be inviting, and you would feel like you were going to dinner at a friend’s house. Shortly after they arrived home, the Quinn girls did just that and Belfrē Kitchen was born.
Food & Friends is the core of what Belfrē Kitchen is all about. That motto is intentional. Come as you are (in your yoga pants, jeans, or party dress), expect an insanely delicious meal and plan to stay a while.
The Inspiration for Belfrē Kitchen
The Belfrē Kitchen building is one of the oldest existing buildings on its original foundation in Delafield. It was originally built as a Presbyterian church in 1868. Eventually, the congregation of the Presbyterian Church grew too large for the building and they moved to a larger location in the area.
In the late 1960's, the church was transformed briefly into a theatre. The Theatre existed for two years until Ray Brehmer transformed the church into a gift and antiques shop, naming it 'The Steeple.' The building is still affectionately referred to as ‘The Steeple’ throughout the Lake Country area.
The Brehmer's also converted the back half of the church into their home. In the late 70's they also added another level to the steeple exposing the bell.
In the 80's Bob Lang arrived in Delafield and starting transforming the streets and storefronts into the Colonial style they are today. Known for their calendars and candles, Lang put his shop in ‘The Steeple’.
The building was vacant for a few years after Lang closed his shop, and in 2010 two local ladies opened ‘Unique’ in Delafield, a woman's clothing and gift shop. They added the bay windows to the front of the building.
In 2014 Aeva Wedding &Party moved into the Steeple, offering an eclectic balance of vintage and new designs. In April 2016 owner Ariel Arnson closed her storefront to focus on creating custom designs including veils and dye work.
In May 2016 Belfrē Kitchen found its home in the Steeple. After completing the renovations to house the building’s first restaurant and preserve the charm, we opened our doors in October.
‘The Steeple’ has been home to many local businesses each maintaining a dedication to the local community, adding to the building’s rich character and charm.
Belfrē is always seeking passionate individuals to join our team. Working here provides a challenging and team-oriented environment. We carefully consider each prospective employee, placing a high emphasis on passion for the industry and personal attitude. Interested individuals should send their resume and cover letter to Info@BelfreKitchen.com.