New eatery will give village a King and a Queen

Saukville board signs off on plans for Burger King near existing Dairy Queen
Ozaukee Press correspondent

The Saukville Village Board last week approved site and building plans for a Burger King to be built off Foster Drive on the southwest corner of East Green Bay Avenue and I-43.  

The plans were presented to both the board and Plan Commission during Tuesday, May 1, meetings by Jason Daye of Excel Engineering in Fond du Lac and Burger King franchisee John Kayser of Cave Enterprises Inc., Chicago.

According to Daye, the site, which is east of Dairy Queen, is challenging because it is in a floodplain. Several flood studies have been completed, and the site must meet base flood elevation requirements.  

But the most significant challenge, Daye said, is managing stormwater drainage. To meet requirements, stormwater from the development as well as the adjacent property to the south will be collected underground, then, according to an agreement with the  Wisconsin Department of Transportation, discharged into storm sewer pipes under Green Bay Avenue (Highway 33).

Village President Barb Dickmann said the stormwater management system will be a significant improvement for the area.

Access to the restaurant will be provided by an existing drive just south of the existing Dairy Queen. Daye said potholes and cracks will be filled, drainage across the drive will be improved and curb and gutter will be installed along the north side of the building.

Leslie Adam of Fourteen Foods, the operator of the adjacent Dairy Queen, asked how access to the two restaurants will be managed. Daye said that curbing, a speed bump and signs on both sides of the common access road would deter patrons from driving directly from one restaurant to the other and would keep traffic moving in the correct direction.  

Kayser said the approximately 3,000-square-foot building is typical of a Burger King restaurant but that the Saukville building will include enhancements such as a brick and cultured stone facade. The design reflects the new standard for the restaurants.  

Cave Enterprises has had a presence in Wisconsin since 2014, operating 51 Burger King restaurants in the state.  This project is the 18th project on which Kayser and Daye have collaborated.  

Kayser said Cave is investing in existing Burger King restaurants and improving them to match the franchise’s new design.       

“We’ve put a lot of capital into this state,” he said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to serve the community.”        

The plans were well-received by village officials.

 “We’re very excited,” Dickmann said.

Construction is expected to start in June and be completed in early October.



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