Hue’s New Home
Restaurant expanding, relocating in Bay View.
It’s exceedingly modest in scale, but grand in ambition and free of regulatory hurdles despite its complexity. It’s the type of thing that was far more commonplace when the building the restaurant currently occupies, 2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., was originally constructed in 1922.
The lower floor will serve as a new home for the restaurant, merging the old building with the new. A building permit indicates the finished project will contain 4,320 square feet of space.
A patio is planned for the eastern side of the irregularly shaped lot. Only a small portion of the property directly fronts S. Kinnickinnic Ave. with larger segments facing S. Logan Ave. to the east and E. Russell Ave. to the south.
The work, which started in the past month, is expected to be completed this fall. The northern wall went up this week, largely obscuring the mural that was on the south side of the Shape Up Shoppe building, 2695-2697 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
But, the Hue owners still will need to have the council approve a liquor license relocation and secure a special use permit for outdoor storage from the Board of Zoning Appeals. Not as many hoops as the developer of the proposed apartment complex to the south is jumping through, but still not a libertarian’s dream.
The existing building was constructed in 1956 according to city records. Automotive service company Smith Standard Service occupied the property,, according to historical records. The building was later used as a newspaper distribution hub, with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel selling the property in 1998 for $40,000.
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