A new family-style restaurant with a liquor license is poised to open in the former Geo's Pizza on Lathrop Ave.
"Grumpy's Grub and Suds" received approval for a liquor license Monday night from the city's Public Safety and Licensing Committee.
Owner Karley Barcalow, of Racine, plans to open Sept. 1. She'll employ about 15 people at the restaurant, which will be open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Barcalow described the menu as a traditional breakfast with handmade dinner special every day. "We want to keep it more of the home-cooked style," she said.
Barcalow brings a lifetime of experience to the restaurant. She started working as a dishwasher at 16 years old and worked her way up to waitress, manager and the owner of "Curt's Carryout and Delivery" in Kenosha. She now manages the Denny's Restaurant at the corner of Washington Ave. and Green Bay Road.
The restaurant site is basically an empty building, Barcalow said. She's installing a new kitchen with new ranges, and will receive a liquor license (pending full City Council approval) once the kitchen is approved by the city Health Department.
The committee approved the liquor license unanimously. The council will take it up next week.