February 10, 2010

Gerald's in Uptown gets an occupancy permit;
Renovations start on new Sixth Street bar and restaurant

Gerald's Bar and Restaurant planned for the old bank building in Uptown has an occupancy permit.

The city granted Gerald Bester a permit to open the restaurant and bar at 1501 Washington Ave on Jan. 5. Bester intends to open a combination restaurant, bar and cafe in the building. He first proposed the business last July with the intention of opening this spring.

In September, Bester told the city he was working on a deal with Milwaukee's Stone Creek Coffee to open a cafe on the site. With the cafe, Bester said Gerald's would be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. It would close at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Other occupational permits issued in January include:

* Janna Coca was issued a permit for Tangles Hair Salon, 304 Main St., on Jan. 14.

* Harbans Singh Daliwal was issued a permit for Taylor Mart Gas Station & Store, 1813 Taylor Ave., on Jan. 19.

* HALO was issued a permit for a Group Day Care at 2000 DeKoven Ave. on Jan. 26.

* Nadia Imsietef was issued a permit for the Plaza Smoke Shop, 3701 Durand Ave., on Jan. 29.

The city's occupancy permits cost $200.

Building Permits

One permit was issued in January for a commercial building alteration. Chris Green Inc. Construction took out a permit for work at 618 Sixth St., the future home of Pepi's Pub and Grill. The renovations are valued at $120,000. The permit cost $1,440.

Pepi's Bar and Grill is co-owned by Joe Madison and Christina Kong. They plan to move Pepi's Deli on Main Street to Sixth Street and turn it into a restaurant and bar. Food will be Pepi's current sandwich menu plus fried foods. The bar will have a slight sports theme, and Madison is planning some music nights featuring classic rock and B-sides from 3,000-album collection.

They plan to gut the first floor and open the building's facade with windows, including a garage door style window that will be open on warmer nights.

They plan to open some time between March and May.


  1. Dustin, Thank you for keeping up with these things. They are interesting.

  2. Good luck all on your dreams and endeavors!

  3. Is the 6th Street Pepis diner going to be in the place that the convenience store was looking at? Just curious.

  4. Is this place going to attract the same crowd as the last place? If so, I won't be going.

  5. Dustin/Pete - what's the latest on this joint?

  6. It's up before the Access Corridor committee on Thursday, so seems like they're pushing on.