Downtown momentum continues, with our newest restaurant, Grillworks, planning an opening for March.
The Orens have already made significant investments to upgrade to the former Nona’s and Grebe’s building on 10th Avenue, and they plan to open the restaurant and bar in March. They will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a Friday fish fry, prime rib and a Sunday brunch buffet.
Also, a big thanks to our Street Department for taking away the snowbanks along Milwaukee Avenue on Friday. It’s not something we’ve often done, but I hope we can do it more going forward. I’m happy to get behind efforts like this to help local businesses. (Thanks to Leah from Parkway Floral for the photo.)
Grillworks wants to continue the legacy of great food coming out of the building at 2206 10th Ave.
South Milwaukee’s newest downtown restaurant, in the former of home of Nona’s Cafe and Grebe’s, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature a “supper club-style” menu with a small bar area serving Old Fashioneds and ice cream-type drinks, as well as bakery items and hot ham on Sundays.
That’s according to Jessica Hess, who will operate the restaurant, and her family, the Orens, the former owners of Slick Willie’s (well regarded for its terrific food).
The city council’s Legislation and Permits Committee approved the establishment’s Class B liquor license at its meeting on Tuesday. It will go the full council in coming weeks.
I’ll keep you posted as the reopening date approaches. And welcome, Grillworks!
Beyond Caterpillar, some disappointing news downtown – Nona’s Café is closing.
Tom and Ida have announced their restaurant’s last day is this Saturday, May 16.
I wish nothing but the best for them, and thank them for being such a special part of our downtown, and our community. I’ll miss them, their hospitality and (of course) their food – all of it terrific.
Please stop by and wish them well in their final days in the restaurant business.
Meanwhile, in other downtown news …
- A 16-unit community based residential facility has been proposed for the former Easter Seals (and Bucyrus engineering) building at 1016 Milwaukee Ave. A public hearing on the zoning change necessary for the development has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, in front of the South Milwaukee City Council. The development, which would be called the Glenneyre, would be considered a Class C non-ambulatory facility, so it can house a person who is either unable to walk or able to walk with the help of a wheelchair or other device. The facility will be an option for seniors and others needing up to an intermediate level of nursing care, “able to accommodate a person who has a long-term illness or disability but who has reached a relatively stable condition,” according to the plan submittal. It will employ about 10 people, with 24-hour staffing for residents and parking for visitors in the adjacent lot and another lot at 1008 Milwaukee (also part of the property).
- Two new businesses have opened in the 1200 block of Milwaukee – This & That, a discount variety store, and across the street, J.C.’s Produce. See my previous post on these businesses here. Also, Grandma’s Attic, an antiques and collectibles store at 916 Milwaukee, opened recently. Be sure to check them all out and welcome them to town!
- You have also probably noticed some improvements to the site of the former city water tower in the 1200 block of Milwaukee. The city repaired the steps, touched up the decorative stone wall, added water service to the site and began preparing the site for new plantings. We’re also putting a new “for sale” sign up. They are small, but necessary improvements to a site that had become an eyesore for the downtown area. We’re also fixing the fascia under the bridge over Oak Creek on Milwaukee Avenue — a cosmetic improvement, but a necessary one. This is an key entry point for our downtown area.
You may have heard about the break-in overnight Sunday at Nona’s Café downtown.
Well, it’s not slowing Tom and Ida down. They’re open for business … as I learned first-hand Tuesday in trying their terrific meatloaf for lunch.
Stop in and show your support for this local business!
Might I suggest the elephant ears …
We’re lucky to have some strong businesses anchor our downtown. Parkway Floral and Nona’s Cafe are two of them.
Both are featured in online articles this week. Check out the NOW story on Parkway Floral, and here is a piece from OnMilwaukee.com on Nona’s. And be sure to patronize both, especially with Mother’s Day coming up.
What’s your favorite local business? Post your comments below!