Pizzeria owners poised for downtown opening

Michaleno’s prepares former bank for restaurant; village approves signage
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Saukville Village Board last week approved signage for the new Michaleno’s Pizzeria in the former bank building at 234 E. Dekora St., bringing the new downtown restaurant closer to reality.

The 36-by-36-inch sign includes a drawing of a pizza chef and the name of the business. The double-sided sign will be lighted by two external lights.    

Michael and Deborah Herbert bought the distinctive brick building on the village triangle in July 2018 for $92,900 from E-Collectique, a luxury resale clothing store owned by Mikelle Flanner of Grafton that used to occupy the site.

The Herberts own two other Michaleno’s Pizzerias, one in West Bend and another in Kewaskum, which they have operated since 2008 with their sons Mike, Ryan, Greg and Dan. Combined, the two restaurants employ about 20 additional people.

Michael Herbert expects to employ two full-time and four part-time workers at the new location, according to documents filed with the village.

Herbert said last week that he had hoped to have the new restaurant operating by now but issues with the duct system have delayed the opening, which he said will likely happen by late June or  early July.

Herbert said he wants to maintain the integrity of the historical 1,000-square-foot brick building as much as possible and highlight its bank vault. Herbert is also seeking to add more parking spots at the location, which currently has just two spaces.

Herbert said the restaurant will be carry-out and delivery only, with no inside seating, and be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

At the same meeting last week:

• Trustees approved  a contract with Community Security Solutions Inc. of Kewaskum to provide professional development services to the Saukville Fire Department.

The contract calls for paying the company $125 per hour, plus expenses, not to exceed $6,500. The agreement also calls for CSS “to help the department have a high quality environment  consistent with the mission, vision and strategic points of the village.”

According to the CSS website, the company combines “the expertise of veteran law enforcement officers, administrators and trainers in combination with a fire department director as well as military veterans.”

• Trustees approved construction of a meat smoker enclosure at D’Klein tavern at 301 E. Green Bay Ave. in downtown Saukville.




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