Herb Kohl’s final gesture for the staff at the Pfister coffee shop

Herb Kohl’s final gesture for the staff at the Pfister coffee shop

During Friday’s public memorial for former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, the coffee shop at the Pfister Hotel was prominently mentioned.

Café at the Pfister was one of Kohl’s favorite hangouts. He would hold court in an out-of-the-way booth that looked out onto the rest of the dining room.

The restaurant even named a sandwich for Kohl, “Senator’s Tuna Sandwich,” lemon-scented albacore tuna salad, lettuce and tomato on light rye bread.

For the last 12 years or so he had an 11:45 a.m. Thursday lunch reservation to meet up with his boyhood friend, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.