St. Paul Fish Company planning outdoor expansion

Patrick Nedobeck, of the St. Paul Fish Company, wants to use the tiki bar year-round.
Patrick Nedobeck, of the St. Paul Fish Company, wants to use the tiki bar year-round.
Patrick Nedobeck, of the St. Paul Fish Company, wants to use the tiki bar year-round.

St. Paul Fish Company in the Milwaukee Public Market wants to put an addition onto its popular outdoor tiki bar so the area can be used year-round.

Patrick Nedobeck, who joined St. Paul in 2012 after his sister and brother-in-law Beth and Tim Collins founded it in 2005, told the Third Ward Architectural Review Board he has $3,000 for heaters and another few thousand to invest in the project.

He’s planning to work with a friend who is sculptor who can repurpose plate glass doors to put around the existing outdoor bar.

“I want to get some crazy cool tropical fake plants and make this an oasis in the winter,” Nedobeck said. “If it’s too cold to be out in the winter, people will love this.”

The architectural review board is envisioning something different. They would like to see a garage door that could open and close, similar to the Colectivo that recently opened across the street from the Public Market at 223 E. St. Paul.

“I don’t want a screened-in enclosure that looks like it was plopped down from a house in West Allis,” said board member Greg Patin. “You’re going to need to hire an architect.”

Patin estimated the fish company’s project would cost at least $100,000.

“The concept is cool, but the way you pull it off is going to be key,” he said.

The board did not have a quorum Wednesday, so a vote was not taken. Nedobeck was asked to come back Oct. 28 with sketches of his proposal.

David Ware, facility manager for the Milwaukee Public Market, also presented plans to install a 16-foot-by-8-foot sign at the market’s Water Street entrance. The sign will be modeled after the rooster sign at Broadway and Clybourn Street.

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