Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Waukesha bakery has been open for about two weeks on West St. Paul Avenue.
Walk into the new bakery on West St. Paul Avenue, and you will be greeted with the smell of fresh bakery items from the kitchen and Gloria Landa’s smiling face. When Buttercream Bakery opened two weeks ago, it made its return to Waukesha after being closed for several years. Landa and her husband, Francisco Flores, previously owned a bakery on East Main Street but closed in 2008 because of parking problems and the small space, she said. “We decided to close and put all of our equipment in storage,” Landa said. But they are back in the bakery business. The bakery offers cakes, wedding cakes, pastries, bread, cookies, jellies, donuts and sandwiches. “It is going well. The customers like it and everyone says they like it,” Landa said. “(…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Owner of Le Caffe' Bistro questions if the Town of Waukesha should approve a drive through for Dunkin' Donuts when the independent coffee shop was denied a similar request.
While many people are excited about the possibility of Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Sunset Drive, others have questions they’d like answered before the Town of Waukesha Plan Commission approves the project. Plans for Dunkin’ Donuts call for up to four retail spaces at the property along Sunset Drive. Impacts to St. Vincent’s De Paul and Le Caffe’ Bistro are among concerns raised by Waukesha Patch readers. Le Caffe’ Bistro is an independently owned coffee shop in the Town of Waukesha that will be adjacent to Dunkin’ Donuts. The request from Dunkin’ Donuts includes plans for a drive through. And that’s throwing a red flag for the owners of Le Caffe’ Bistro. Jim Radke, an owner of the coffee shop, said Le Caffe’ Bistro previously sought a drive …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Drive-through coffee shop would be located in the Town of Waukesha at corner of Prairie Avenue and Sunset Drive.
A Dunkin’ Donuts location on Sunset Drive in the Town of Waukesha is planned for the property currently occupied by St. Vincent’s De Paul. The Town of Waukesha Plan Commission will hold a public hearing for a conditional use permit for the Dunkin’ Donuts location at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive through is proposed for S30W24836 Sunset Drive. The 5,040 square foot building would house up to four retail tenants. The plans do not state what tenants would be located in the building, besides Dunkin’ Donuts. If approved, the Sunset Drive Dunkin’ Donuts would be the second to open in Waukesha recently. Dunkin’ Donuts opened on North Grandview Boulevard in October. Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co. (MCB) plans to open 36 Dunkin’ …
Friday, February 1, 2013
What's on the real estate market? We check out five low-budget homes.
1201 E. Moreland Blvd. 713 W. St. Paul Ave. 421 Fairview Lane 2128 Norton Ave. 1119 Anoka Ave.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Waukesha's newest grocery is now taking employment applications.
Wonder when the Waukesha Woodman’s will open? The employee-owned grocery store is scheduled for a July 1 opening date, according to a tweet from the Waukesha Woodman’s store @Woodmansfood40. The store is currently taking employment applications as it starts hiring for the new store. Construction on the store started in June 2012. The 243,753-square-foot facility will be located at 1600 E. Main St. and plans currently include eight outlots that will be developed into future commercial uses. The project will create 219 jobs and increase property values by $15 million. The property at the former Spancrete site at East Main Street and Highway 164 was designated as being in blight by the Plan Commission in 2011. The Waukesha Common Council in …
Monday, January 28, 2013
New bar will bring in music acts from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
A new bar in downtown Waukesha is looking to be a central music hangout place with live bands and D.J.s from southeastern Wisconsin keeping the party going on the weekends. The Lucky Rabbit is opening Super Bowl weekend in downtown Waukesha. Bar owner Phil Santiago – who also owns Fuzzy’s Bar – is more than ready to get the doors open. The building at 200 Madison St., previously the Yankee Saloon, has been under major renovations inside, and a bar hasn’t been operating in the location for more than six months. “We have looked at downtown Waukesha as the home of Les Paul, GuitarTown,” Santiago said. “Where is the music venue? There are all these really nice establishments … where do you come after 9, 10 o’clock?” While they will have local …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Waukesha Plan Commission told developers in January 2012 they supported the project but requested several changes – changes that weren't included in the final plans.
A controversial affordable housing apartment project and a memory care facility is again on hold after Waukesha Plan Commission members were unhappy that the proposal came back without addressing issues of architecture, landscaping, lighting and the location of a playground. The Plan Commission unanimously tabled the request for final plan approval Wednesday night, cleared annoyed that the problems pointed out at the preliminary approval in January were not addressed. MSP Development Co. is looking to build a 70-unit apartment complex and a 36-unit memory care facility on vacant land along Meadow Lane and Willowood Drive. The plans have been met with opposition from the neighbors since its inception. No neighbors were present Wednesday, …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sheboygan bank files a foreclosure lawsuit against The Clarke Hotel and the City of Waukesha; the city put $1.5 million into the hotel development.
The Clarke Hotel’s financial difficulties have led to a Sheboygan bank filing a foreclosure lawsuit against its owners and the City of Waukesha. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court claiming that Bethesda Development II is in default of its mortgage agreement because of the business’s failure to pay real estate taxes. Waukesha County tax records show The Clarke Hotel is behind in paying taxes from 2011. Combined with taxes from 2012, The Clarke Hotel owes $233,009.58 in real estate taxes. Because the taxes were not paid, Community Bank & Trust is alleging Bethesda Development II has defaulted on its two loans from the bank, now owing the bank $3.41 million. The original loans were for $3.4 million, the complaint …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Waukesha dairy shut down without warning on Saturday, days before it filed for bankruptcy.
The chief executive officer of OpenGate Capital, the company that owns Golden Guernsey, blames the Waukesha dairy’s financial problems on the company’s suppliers and union contracts, according to Patch’s media partners at FOX6 News. “There was multiple times that earlier, five months ago, they came to us and the union actually went to them with a huge cost savings, and they just never even contacted us about it,” CEO Andrew Nikou told FOX 6. Union members told the TV station they were never asked to take wage reductions. Employees were shocked when they were told they no longer had a job. With 112 employees losing jobs, many are questioning why OpenGate Capital did not give the state-mandated 60-day notice for a plant closure. Golden …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Expenses for Waukesha dairy, which shut down without warning on Saturday, exceeded revenues, according to OpenGate Capital.
OpenGate Capital has declared bankruptcy for the Golden Guernsey plant in Waukesha, which led to the plant’s shutdown on Saturday, the company said Tuesday. More than 100 employees were left without answers when the plant shut down. One employee, Robert Storm, has filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development because the employees did not receive 60 days notice before they lost their jobs. Online federal records did not yet have a bankruptcy notice posted late Tuesday. The company started in 1930 as a farmer-owned cooperative in Milwaukee, and by 1935, Golden Guernsey delivered milk to the homes of 20,000 customers in Wisconsin, according to its website. By 1955, construction began at its current facility at 2101…