Commission approves permits for Lobo’s Place, expanded Martini Pete’s
Proposed changes in downtown Grafton businesses, including the opening of a new restaurant and expansion of a tavern, received a thumbs-up from the village’s Plan Commission last week.
The commission approved conditional-use permits for Lobo’s Place, a Mexican restaurant at 1305 Wisconsin Ave., and Martini Pete’s, 1317 Wisconsin Ave.
Lobo’s Place replaces the former Heart of Grafton Family Restaurant adjacent to the Grafton Pub & Bowl.
Owner Luis Calix of West Allis said the new business would use the same first-floor layout as the previous tenant and occupy 2,200 square feet, including a dining room, bar, kitchen and restrooms.
Lobo’s plans to offer dine-in and carryout service from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Calix is a former manager of La Chimenea, a Mexican restaurant in Saukville. He said he plans to repair a restaurant parking lot at the northwest corner of Bridge Street and 11th Avenue but asked the commission for additional time to complete the work.
The commission required Calix to pave and stripe the lot by July 31.
Peter Olds, the owner of Martini Pete’s, plans to expand the tavern to include the former Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio at 1317 Wisconsin Ave.
The expansion gives the tavern 2,000 square feet on the first floor, including a lounge and space for live music, tastings and private parties.
Olds, a Belgium resident, said he has not had any noise complaints since opening the tavern in January 2014.
Among conditions for permit approval, Olds is required to install security cameras in the new space, and the tavern’s business hours are restricted to 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
The commission also approved a site plan for a 7,800-square-foot building addition to Grace Lutheran Church, 715 Sixth Ave.
The expansion will provide space for offices, classrooms and restrooms on the south side of the existing building and a 1,060-square-foot kitchen on the northwest side. No changes to the worship space or parking lot are planned.
Construction is expected to begin in September and continue through winter 2016.