The New Third Ward Alterra’s Design
Here are the renderings of a design that embraces the street and bicycle culture.
The demise of the Third Ward Caffe after 30 years in business opened a new opportunity for Alterra Coffee Roasters and its ever-expanding empire of coffee houses. Alterra has proposed a plan to redesign the longtime Italian restaurant’s old space, opening up the cafe to the street to invite activity. The design will be by Chris Socha, architect with The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc., who has handled the design of many Alterra cafes — on Prospect Ave., in Bay View, Riverwest, Wauwatosa and other locations.
The location is a high-traffic area just down the street from the Public Market, Cafe Benelux restaurant and the Wicked Hop bar. (Restaurants America group is opening “primebar,” as it will be called, down the block on St. Paul and Water St., in the building owned by Ann Pieper, which should add to the street life.)
The proposed design for the new Alterra will have a significant indoor/outdoor connection through the use of custom steel and glass operable panels. The images show the windows and doors in their open position. It will also have a steel-and-glass canopy to create high-quality outdoor cafe space. The space will be slightly less than 2,000 square feet, and the cafe will also sell beer.
The design plan was approved at the recent Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board. An opening date hasn’t been set, but the new cafe could open as soon as late Summer or early Fall.