Ugly Building: Former RC’s Beer Garden

Ugly Building

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pm

The former RC’s Beer Garden, 1530 E. North Ave., Milwaukee, was purchased in May 2018 by Welcome East Side LLC, which is registered to Harjeet “Rick” Walia. He and his brother Ajit “Jay” Walia operate several Milwaukee-area gas stations and convenience stores and are the former owners of the Park East Hotel.

The former RC’s has sat vacant since then. Walia couldn’t be reached for comment, but John Kesselman, who is the leasing agent on the property, said the owner would like to redevelop it.

“We’re looking at options,” he said.

An issue impeding redevelopment is that other buildings on the same block are in similar condition, Kesselman said. He added he has received more than 50 inquiries on the building, but it would need significant upgrades if someone were to reopen it as a restaurant or bar.

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Alex Zank
Alex Zank covers commercial and residential real estate for BizTimes. Alex previously worked for Farm Equipment magazine and also covered statewide construction news at The Daily Reporter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied journalism, political science and economics. Having grown up in rural western Wisconsin, Alex loves all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, four-wheeling and hunting.