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Written by JOE POIRIER   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:22

Former Town of Saukville resident Emily Ware has turned the VW bus she drove for years into her latest Milwaukee Public Market eatery

   After years of cruising around the Town of Saukville in her 1971 Volkswagen bus, Emily Ware finally parked the old jalopy inside the Milwaukee Public Market to be the centerpiece for her latest eatery.
    “It was quite the sight to see when we rolled it through the double doors in the market,” said Ware, who opened On the Bus with her husband Peter Engel on Aug. 28.
    “We restored the bus and customized it into the right shape to make the counter fit. We just wanted to do something that’s kind of funky and a little food truckish – plus, the wheels spin. It worked out, and the name of the business came after the bus.”
    The menu for On the Bus is entirely vegan, and it’s been receiving accolades from customers.
    “It has been an overwhelming positive response and we’re totally thrilled. Our vegan-Reuben sandwich and maple almond date shake have been our top-selling menu items so far,” Ware said. “Being in the market is really a blessing because you have a good flow of traffic – it’s always busy.”
    Ware also owns The Green Kitchen, which operates in the market. She said the success of her first food venue motivated her to open up another one.
    “It was just a natural fit. After having The Green Kitchen, it seemed that people were ready for a full-vegan restaurant,” she said. “When we found the space was available at the market we presented the idea, and out of all the ideas the market received they went with us.”
    From acai berry bowls to Buffalo chickpea and “tuno” salad sandwiches, On the Bus has something to eat even if a customer’s diet isn’t of the vegan persuasion.
    Ware has been vegan since she was 10 years old and wants to introduce the cuisine to those who have never tried it.
    “I’m vegan and my family is vegan. When I was little, I was interested in eating healthy and also wanted to do something good for the environment that was not only a trend,” she said. “A lot of people are just becoming aware that being vegan is a really smart and healthy thing to do.”
    While growing up in the Town of Saukville, Ware attended Maple Lawn and Grandview elementary schools; upon graduating from grade school she was home schooled, which she credits for her self-starting drive.
    “I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit. Certainly my experience being home schooled led me to being independent and self-directed, which led me into the entrepreneurial world,” she said.
    After completing her high school accreditation, Ware owned a clothing store called Nine Point Star on Milwaukee’s eastside for six years.   
    Although Ware and her husband never worked in the food industry before, they had their sights set on starting a new venture in the Milwaukee Public Market.
    “We didn’t have a background in the restaurant world but the opportunity came up and we wanted to see if we could make it work, and we did.”
    With the success of her restaurants, Ware doesn’t plan of moving her VW bus from the Public Market anytime soon.  
    “This is probably where the road ends for me in the restaurant world,” she said. “The Green Kitchen and On the Bus are quite busy and we love being in the market with its atmosphere. It’s a vibrant place to be, and we’re happy to be here.”

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