January 10, 2009
La Terraza restaurant opens on Sixth Street
A new Mexican restaurant is the latest to join a growing nightlife district on the west end of downtown Sixth Street.
The appropriately named La Terraza opened on the second floor of the former Historic Century Market in the space that was formerly Sticky Rice. La Terraza means balcony or terrace in Spanish.
The business opened last week and had its grand opening this weekend. I met briefly with owner Carlos Cervantes on Saturday afternoon.
Cervantes has 25 years' experience working in restaurants in the Milwaukee area. He's started other Mexican kitchens, but this is his first full restaurant.
The restaurant looks great in the balcony location and the menu has a wide variety of Mexican standards and specials, plus appetizers and salads. Prices range from about $7-$12 per entree. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
There's parking east of the building, which is in the middle of a suddenly strong bar and restaurant district. Blueberries cafe is downstairs, Fireside BBQ, Henry and Wanda's and Timothy York's Bistro are across the street and Asiana, Shogun and Olde Madrid are nearby. The Park 6 bar is also on the block, and the Hopes Center coffee shop is close by.
Not bad for an area that looked pretty desolate a few years ago after the impressive, but money-losing, Century Market was forced to close. Let's hope this area keeps up its momentum.