Every Sunday morning, hungry diners pour into
the M&M Restaurant after church. They order
coffee and eggs. Familiar faces fill the
restaurant, creating Sussex's own version of
"Cheers." Same thing goes for during the week -
for breakfast and lunch. To some M&M is a second
"It's familiar. Eighty percent of our
business is regulars. You get to know everybody.
Some of the kids are coming back with their
kids. It becomes a community-type thing," said
Didier Babits. "We have a lot of older folks
that come in and it's the same thing. If they
don't come in in three days, we usually call
them and see if they are OK."
The Babits have owned M&M for approximately
33 years. Before that the M&M was open using the
same name but different owners. Didier said he
thinks the M&M is about 50 years old.
"The previous owners had that, and his name
was Walter, so I don't exactly know," said
Didier of the restaurant's namesake. And before
it was a diner, he said that it was a root beer
stand reminiscent of an A&W.
Didier grew up around the restaurant. "I've
been in the restaurant since I was 12. I was
doing dishes back then," he explained.
Before the M&M, the Babits, Didier's
immigrant parents Hungarian-born Steve and
French Nicole, owned a diner called the Pikmar
on Good Hope Road and Teutonia Avenue in
Milwaukee. Then, Steve managed The Schwabenhof
in Menomonee Falls, but the family went further
west to Sussex when the M&M was up for sale.
Nicole, 78, and Steve, 81, still work at the
"That's all we have been doing. We meet lots
of people," said Nicole, taking a break from the
"The hard part is seeing the people
disappear. We have the retirees come in, and
they used to be the 9 o'clock group; used to be
this whole section here. The running joke was if
you needed to know anything about the politics
of Sussex, you'd just come in here at 9 o'clock
and listen to it. That was the discussion. Three
quarters of them are gone now," said Didier.
But the constant has always been M&M's food -
it hasn't changed. "That is what they enjoy
about it. It's been funny. We've had people come
in and haven't been here in 20 years. 'We had to
bring the kids in for burgers and eggs,' " he
One of the menu favorites is Sunday's
cheesehead-inspired eggs benedict that has a
cheese sauce instead of a traditional
hollandaise. "We've always been known for
breakfast," Didier added.
Has anyone ever gone to this tiny spot right on Main Street? Well last year after going to the Komen Race for the Cure downtown Milwaukee, we were all starving and as we were getting closer to home I realized I had nothing semi-ready to prepare a nice meal. So we decided to stop at M&M, right here in Sussex, WI
As we walked in, my first impression was a good one as just about everyone looked at the door to see who was walking in and all were smiling. Now that is a very nice way to feel welcomed. A lady came straight to us and helped us with a table and a high chair for our little one. The establishment itself is very plain, simple but you right away notice it is one for locals to enjoy a nice breakfast or brunch while reading a paper, chatting with family or with whomever is sitting right next to them.
I cannot recall everything we ordered. I do remember I asked for eggs benedict. The sauce was not a hollandaise one, but a cheese based yet very good. The lady was very truthful about it as we ordered. I enjoyed every bite and so did both my daughters!
A fun place to check out and meet the locals!
Ste 1, N64W23316 Main St
Sussex, WI 53089-5307
For lunch, daily specials include home-y
favorites like meatloaf, country-fried steak and
butterflied shrimp. Wednesdays feature Hungarian
Goulash, which is an old family recipe from
"We have been around a long time. With
everything changes so fast nowadays, it's kind
of nice to have something with some continuity
about it. Not everything has to change" he said.
Though the menu hasn't changed - M&M has
There was also a time that M&M was open for
dinner. For now, there are no plans for that
again. "I'm here 7 days a week as it is. I would
burn out. It just doesn't work," said Didier,
who has an associates degree in hotel and
restaurant management. Didier has worked in fine
dining - he's worked in France and at area
country clubs, but a diner is more his style:
"This is simpler. I can come in and do breakfast
and lunch and still have a life." Things were
different about 25 years ago, when the Babits
had M&M 2 in Lannon and Cafe LaBelle on Lac
LaBelle in Oconomowoc. "It became a little
crazy," so now, the family focuses solely on the
Unlike many restaurants, M&M has survived
recessions, as well as more competition coming
to the area.
"We keep our prices as low as possible. We
can feel it and we can see it in the way people
are ordering. They eat less. Overall, it's been
marginal for us. We're not high-end by any
means. Usually, it is just as cheap to eat here
as it is to buy in the grocery store," he
explained. And he said the M&M has survived on
very little advertising, as well.
As for the future of M&M, Didier said he
hopes that it continues. That when his family is
ready to pass the torch, that the M&M will
continue on, keeping the people of Sussex's
coffee cups full. (There are still plenty of
regulars who depend on it.)