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A vacant commercial property in West Milwaukee could become the location of two newly launched quick-service franchises, Scooter’s Coffee and Taco John’s.
The restaurants are suggested in the former German & Sons Company Site, located at 2172 Miller Park Way. Based in Milwaukee Greywolf Partners Inc. submitted plans to redevelop the 1.62 hectare property, which should be divided evenly between the two users.
The real estate development company bought the property 2016 from Deutsch & Sons Co. for 1 million US dollars so that the manufacturer can move to Pewaukee.
Omaha, Nebraska Scooter would run a kiosk-style location, serving coffee drinks and breakfast items like egg and cheese burritos, sandwiches, and baked goods. Its footprint would be small, only about 400 to 500 square feet, and it would mainly focus on drive through service. It would be Scooter’s first coffee shop in Milwaukee and the second in Wisconsin, along with a location in Madison. The company has approximately 300 franchise and proprietary stores in the United States
The Cheyenne, Wyoming-based “West Mex” chain Taco John’s plans to open a 3,200-square-foot restaurant with outdoor seating as per site plans. The company currently has eight locations across the state. However, this would be the first step into the Milwaukee market. Taco John’s has more than 400 locations in 27 states.
Total development costs are estimated to be between $ 1.5 million and $ 1.8 million for both buildings, excluding fixtures and fittings, as proposed.
Greywolf was also the developer for the nearby Miller Park Shoppes, which are located on Miller Park Way between 2086 and 2094. Since the acquisition of the West Milwaukee property, plans have been made to demolish the site’s existing building to create a retail development.
Following the developer’s suggestion, the site has primarily piqued the interest of QSR companies with the exception of Aldi. The grocery store considered the location four years ago but the package wasn’t big enough.
Greywolf acknowledged the rise of drive-thru concepts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that two companies can fit on a site that is normally intended for one user.
“This is the last undeveloped site for the foreseeable future, and these users will give this undeveloped site a clean, professional look,” Greywolf wrote in his proposal.
The project plans were discussed by the West Milwaukee Plan Commission earlier this week, but no action was taken. According to a village official, the item is expected to be checked again in June.