Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

Nacho City Planned For 38th and North

Restaurant would sell nachos and tacos in the city's Washington Park neighborhood.

By - Mar 2nd, 2021 01:59 pm
3817-3819 W. North Ave. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

3817-3819 W. North Ave. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Frederick Gardner has big plans.

“I’m trying to get Nacho City on every corner in every neighborhood,” said Gardner to members of the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee on February 23rd.

He’s proposing to open the first restaurant, which will sell nachos and tacos, in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood. Dine-in, carryout and delivery options will be available.

Gardner is seeking to buy the two-story, vacant building at 3817-3819 W. North Ave. from the city for $5,000.

It’s not his first time trying to start Nacho City.

“I actually tried before back in 2012, but I had bad business partners and I was brand new at trying it,” said Garner. “Now I have more experience and I have outstanding partners now.”

A city report says Gardner was a store manager at Burger King. He came up with the Nacho City idea with his son and will serve as the day-to-day manager of the business.

“I love his plans. I love his aspirations,” said area Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II. “We are happy to be his first investment.”

Neighbors will likely be happy with the new business as well. As recently as February 4th someone filed a complaint that the sidewalk wasn’t shoveled. The boarded-up property has also been recently tagged with graffiti.

Gardner would invest approximately $65,000 into improving the 2,671-square-foot building. Department of City Development program manager Dwayne Edwards said part of that would come through “sweat equity” with Gardner doing the work himself. A two-bedroom apartment would be leased out on the second floor.

Improvements include the interior buildout as well as plumbing and electrical upgrades, tuckpointing, roof repair and new windows.

The city acquired the property through property tax foreclosure in 2014. It had also done so in 2002. Assessment records indicate it was built in 1909.

Presch Ceramics was the most recent commercial tenant in the building.

It’s one of a number of commercial properties in the corridor the city would like to sell. A new bakery was approved for the city-owned property at 4113-4115 W. North Ave. in March 2020, but assessment records indicate that the business has not advanced and DCD is again listing the property for sale.

On the same block as Nacho City, the city owns properties at 3801-3803 W. North Ave., 3805-3807 W. North Ave. and 3809 W. North Ave.

The full Common Council unanimously approved the property sale on Tuesday morning.


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