South shore landmarks will be redeveloped

    Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:41 pm

    Lee Barczak, president of Greendale-based Morgan Kenwood Advisors LLC, and his wife, Jane Schilz, plan to open a restaurant and boutique hotel in Cudahy in March. They also are planning a major redevelopment project for the Avalon Theatre in Bay View, which could include six theaters, a restaurant and a boutique hotel.

    In 2004, the couple purchased the former Fountain Blue restaurant, an 86-year-old, three-story, 9,500-square-foot building at 5133 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy, and an 11-room motel building next door that was built in the 1960s. The older building was originally known as The Sheridan Hotel and Palm Gardens tavern until it was remodeled and renamed in 1968.

    Barczak and Schilz have gutted both buildings, refurbished the exterior and created a restaurant in the first floor of the former Fountain Blue building, seven hotel rooms on the second floor, a residence for them on the third floor and five hotel rooms and a fitness room in the former motel building next door.

    “All we kept were the structures,” Barczak said. “We refurbished the exterior and added new doors and windows.”

    The 65-seat restaurant will be called Sheridan’s, and the boutique hotel will be called Sheridan House. The couple plans to open the restaurant and hotel on March 30. Schliz will run the restaurant and hotel.

    The Sheridan House is located a short walk from Lake Michigan, Sheridan Park, Warnimont Golf Course and the Oak Leaf Trail. The hotel is also a short drive from downtown Milwaukee and Mitchell International Airport.

    Barczak and Schilz believe their hotel will appeal to travelers looking for something different.

    “Some people don’t want to stay in another Comfort Suites,” Barczak said. “There’s a trend of people looking for an alternative place to stay. They’re looking for something a little more interesting. We just think this will be a very unique place.”

    The hotel rooms will rent for about $159 a night. The couple believes some travelers are willing to pay a little more for a high-quality room in a full-service, unique boutique hotel.

    “People don’t mind spending the money as long as they feel they are getting the value,” Schilz said.

    The rooms will feature upscale amenities, including Bose stereos, flat-screen televisions and high-speed Internet service.

    “I think the rooms are going to be quite surprising to people,” Barczak said. “We have the same beds that the Ritz Carlton uses and the same linens that the Four Seasons and the W Hotels use.”

    Three of the rooms are luxury suites, which will include bubble massage tubs.

    “They are like sitting in a glass of champagne,” Barczak said.

    The hotel will also have a small outdoor courtyard with a fire pit and a fountain. The courtyard could provide space for small weddings or other small events, Schilz said.

    Sheridan’s restaurant will feature American bistro cuisine serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Barczak and Schilz said the restaurant will provide a higher-quality, mid-priced dining establishment for the south side of the metro area, which they say is dominated by chains. They want to provide a nice place for people in the south side suburbs to eat without having to go downtown.

    “We live in Franklin, and we feel we have to travel a ways to eat at a lot of the places we like to go,” Barczak said.

    Barczak and Schilz are planning an even more dramatic makeover for the Avalon Theatre in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. The 78-year-old theater at 2469-2483 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. has been closed since 2000.

    The couple is working with an architectural firm in Chicago to craft a redevelopment plan for the building. Their “ultimate plan” would create a six-screen movie theater complex, convert a portion of the building to a 100-seat restaurant and convert the apartments in the building into a 20-room boutique hotel, Barczak said. The restaurant would also provide meals that movie-goers could eat at their seats. Some of the movie theaters could also be used for small live performances.

    Movies shown at the Avalon

    Theatre would include first-run and independent films.

    “We want people to say, ‘There’s always something interesting going on at the Avalon,’” Barczak said.

    The redevelopment project would cost about $11 million, he said.

    The couple recently met with city officials to explain their redevelopment plan and ask for financial assistance, either tax incremental financing (TIF) or some other form of assistance. They are not asking the city for a specific dollar amount, but instead are asking city officials to tell them how much assistance can be provided, Barczak said.

    Bay View has seen an increasing amount of development in recent years, and Barczak and Schilz say the redevelopment of the Avalon Theatre would provide a huge boost to the area and attract even more development to the neighborhood.

    “I really think the Avalon is almost like a fuse,” Barczak said. “If we light this fuse, we think development down there is going to explode.”

    The couple hopes to finalize plans by the end of March and begin the project in March or April. The construction will take about a year, Barczak said.

    The couple said the development in the Third Ward, Walker’s Point, Bay View and St. Francis in recent years make them confident in their projects in Cudahy and Bay View.

    “We just really believe the south shore is going to come into its own,” Barczak said.


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