Bavette Moving to Former Swig Space
Third Ward restaurant and butcher shop will move around corner to bigger space on Broadway.
Bavette La Boucherie is on the move.
Bell’s business will occupy a slightly smaller space than Swig did as the former private dining room on the second floor is now leased to another tenant, but the new home will still give Bavette approximately 1,000 more square feet than its old space.
“The main thing is the kitchen,” said Bell, noting the limitations of her current space, in an interview with Urban Milwaukee. “It wasn’t designed to be a restaurant, but it has become a restaurant.”
With her lease set to expire, Bell explored possible options, including building out a full kitchen hood. The Menomonee Street space relies on a ventless hood which Bell said limits flexibility.
Before opening Bavette in 2013, Bell also worked in Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, Caracas and ran her own restaurant in Madrid, Spain.
Built in 1913, the building where Bavette will now reside is historically known for its use as the Edward Rohnert Coffee Roasting Factory. But for several decades it has been home to The Design Office of Catherine and James Donnelly (located above the street level), with the husband-and-wife team owning the property since 1998.
The relocation is expected to occur in early 2022.