Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Downtown Waukesha New Urbanism Threatened by Wet T-Shirt Development?

Development in Waukesha is often a hot topic, but the battle for a rare downtown City of Waukesha liquor license shows that controversy to the west is not limited to big subdivisions, shopping malls and questionable water supply proposals.

Turns out the fight for the liquor license in the downtown, where there is a bit of an urbanist revival underway, is between a planned upscale restaurant named Black Trumpet, and a more modest taco stand applicant, El Rey del Taco.

Black Trumpet would build on the ground floor of the Cuddles Building; El Rey's owner works at Chubby's Tap on The Strand; and a third applicant, Coconut Joe's Beach House, dropped out after people complained that Coconut Joe's wet T-shirt contests and all-you-can-drink specials weren't what the new Waukesha downtown was all about - - even in the remodeled Cuddles Building.

Darryl Enriquez's blog - - he's The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Waukesha reporter - - is a good place to follow this downtown Waukesha battle, and other matters in that city.

(Actually, I just love some of the names in story. I don't have a dog in this hunt.)

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