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New Thiensville restaurant to feature Nepalese cuisine

Jesse and Barkha Daily’s restaurant, The Cheel, will feature “flavors from the Himalayas to the Rockies” and craft cocktails. Their site is a building with a history of saloons and restaurants.

Jesse and Barkha Daily’s restaurant, The Cheel, will feature “flavors from the Himalayas to the Rockies” and craft cocktails. Their site is a building with a history of saloons and restaurants. Photo By C.T. Kruger

June 11, 2014

Thiensville — A historic building in downtown Thiensville is undergoing significant renovations before opening as an American-Nepalese fusion restaurant on July 19.

Husband and wife Jesse and Barkha Daily are in the process of opening The Cheel on the southwest corner of Buntrock Avenue and South Main Street in Theinsville in a landmark building erected in the 1890s. The building, which has housed many restaurants and saloons in its lifetime, functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition, Jesse Daily said. True to its 1930s interior decor, The Cheel also will offer a variety of classic craft cocktails.

The building was most recently home to Mendini's, which closed three years ago. Jesse Daily said the building was recently condemned and scheduled to be razed, but he decided to restore the building true to its historical roots.

"It's one of the oldest buildings in Thiensville, and it was set to be razed," he said. "That's not what we need here in Thiensville."

Barkha, a native of Kathmandu, moved to Wisconsin 10 years ago and fell in love with Jesse, from Idaho. The Cheel will honor their respective heritages and love of fresh foods from Nepal and America. The menu features flavors from Tibetan, Burmese, and North Indian cultures as well, which commingled along the historic and famous Kathmandu trade route.

"Nepali food is known for its pure, intense flavors. I think it's the mountain air and soil, a Himalayan terroir, which give our dishes their signature taste," Barkha Daily said. "But it's also the ancient food preparation techniques my mother practiced and taught me that are instrumental in coaxing out their bold essence."

The centerpiece of the menu is the momo, a Nepalese dumpling filled with a combination of seasoned meats and raw vegetables that are steamed, baked or sauteed and served with unique Himalayan dipping sauces. The Dailys first unveiled the momos at the Taste of Mequon last year, where they sold out after 1,500 orders.

The kitchen will be managed by Chef Joe Sandretti, who has launched and managed kitchens of Pasta Per Tutti, Johnny Delmonico's, Ocean Grill and Buckley's Kiskeam Inn.

The general manager is Ryan Palkowski, who has over 15 years of experience at Elsa's on the Park in downtown Milwaukee.

Once The Cheel is operating, Jesse Daily is going to turn his attention to renovating the building next door at 107 W. Buntrock Ave.

He expects he will relocate his business, CORE Consulting, from its current location at 163 Green Bay Road into the new space on Buntrock Avenue in August. Daily will own the shared parking lot next to the two buildings but said parking will be reserved for restaurant patrons.

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