Coffee shop, Thai restaurant plan to open in East Tosa

May 6, 2014

Joining five other establishments that recently have looked to East Tosa for a second location, Milwaukee's Thai-namite is requesting a conditional-use permit to open a restaurant at 7212 W. North Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Fattoni's Deli & Catering.

Additionally, Caroline Yiannackopoulos and Kathleen Svicek are looking to to open Café Blue at 6428 W. North Ave. With seating for about 12 people, the coffee shop would serve drinks and pastries from Colectivo, as well as sandwiches and bakery from Ms. Tea. The owners also would like the cafe to display works by local artists.

The Wauwatosa Plan Commission will consider the requests Monday, May 12.

The owner of the building Thai-namite is eyeing, Pete Venturi, said he has been looking for a tenant since he evicted the owner of Fattoni's Deli in March for failing to pay rent.

Alderman Bobby Pantuso said he thinks Thai-namite would make a solid addition to a growing neighborhood that recently has seen Camp Bar, BelAir Cantina, Juniper61, Red Dot, and Hue open second locations there.

"I think that's just amazing," Pantuso said. "Just six years ago, we weren't even on the map."

Thai-namite, which currently has a location at 932 E. Brady St., on Milwaukee's East Side, serves Japanese sushi and Thai food for dining in or carrying out.

According to materials submitted to the Plan Commission, the restaurant would employ about 15 people full time, and 10 part time. It would be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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