First-floor storefront at The Avenue to become event space

A preliminary rendering of the indoor events venue being planned for any empty first-floor storefront at The Avenue. (Renderings courtesy of TKWA)

Last updated on December 9th, 2022 at 08:48 pm

A long-vacant, former retail space on the North Second Street facing side of The Avenue in downtown Milwaukee will be transformed into a 300-person events space, restauranteur Omar Shaikh confirmed.

Shaikh, who oversees the 3rd Street Market Hall at The Avenue said he and partners wanted to add an events venue due to the growing interest in holding events at the 3rd Street Market Hall space.

With the strong demand, Shaikh said partners, which include The Avenue developer Josh Krsnak, wanted a space large enough to host weddings.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the news on Friday.

The new space, which will be located off the indoor corridor leading from The Avenue’s North Second Street entrance to the 3rd Street Market Hall, will also have an area for outdoor seating.

Some interior work has already been completed at the space, and the plan is to have it ready for occupancy by April, Shaikh said.

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Cara covers commercial and residential real estate. She has an extensive background in local government reporting and hopes to use her experience writing about both urban and rural redevelopment to better inform readers. Cara lives in Waukesha with her husband, a teenager, a toddler, a dog named Neutron, a bird named Potter, and a lizard named Peyoye. She loves music, food, and comedy, but not necessarily in that order.

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