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Modern restaurant will anchor Mequon Town Center

Renderings submitted to the Planning Commission of the proposed two-story restaurant at Mequon and Cedarburg Roads.

Renderings submitted to the Planning Commission of the proposed two-story restaurant at Mequon and Cedarburg Roads.

April 9, 2014

A two-story restaurant building with a bold, contemporary design will be built on the northwest corner of Cedarburg and Mequon roads, serving as an iconic landmark building for the Mequon Town Center.

The restaurant building will be one of five buildings in the Town Center development, which will also feature Colectivo Coffee Roasters, a new American Legion post, 40 luxury apartments and a variety of other commercial tenants.

The Mequon Plan Commission approved the building plans for the restaurant building, as well as the other building on the south end of the lot, at its meeting Monday, April 7.

Open for Christmas

Construction will begin on the east and north buildings immediately, and construction on the other three buildings should begin within 90 days, said Blair Williams of Wired Properties. Williams said the restaurant building should begin serving around Christmastime.

The restaurant will be operated by The Lowlands Group, which owns Café Hollander, Trocadero, Café Centraal and Café Benelux.

The unique shape of the building, combined with tinted glass, reclaimed wood and cream city brick, will make the building stand out from any other building in Mequon. Inside, the restaurant will feature outdoor seating areas on the north and south end, a sunny dining room along Cedarburg Road and two fire pits on the second floor.

"There's an incredible amount of glass in this building — both operable and fixed — which will create transparency, and most importantly, make the world aware of the activity level occurring in the restaurant," Williams said.

Conflicted views

Commissioner Dave Fuchs said the building looks much too different from other buildings in Mequon.

"I think we're going to have a lot of community reaction to this, and it's not going to be favorable," he said. "Unless you have a handout that explains why it looks like this, I don't think many people are going to get the message."

Commissioner Chuck Western said the building will help Mequon break away from its traditional building designs.

"I think as a community we need to go past that and make sure that the architecture of our community grows and develops over time to help our city be vibrant and not get locked into one specific type of architecture that starts to look boring and repeated," Western said.

The other building approved Monday night, located west of the restaurant building along Mequon Road, will be two stories, with 8,342 square feet per floor. Four suites have been leased in that building, which will feature five to seven suites.

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