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Cocktail Lounge Planned for Downtown

A specialty cocktail bar planned for Century Buidlng at 228 W. Wells St.

By - Apr 25th, 2022 07:47 pm
Shah Jee's, 228 W. Wells St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Shah Jee’s, 228 W. Wells St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

There’s a new cocktail lounge planned for Downtown.

It’s called Edith, and it’s planned for the Century Building at 228 W. Wells St., which was formerly the site of a Shah Jee’s. An application for a tavern license filed with the City of Milwaukee describes the business as a “specialty cocktail lounge.”

The owner,  Rhondi Love, states in the application that the plan is to open by August this year, and the proposed hours of operation would be from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and an earlier close time of 12 a.m. on Sunday.

Love is the co-founder of Every Second Counts, a nonprofit working on preventing domestic violence re-victimization. In 2016, Love was profiled by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service for her work with the Sojourner Family Peace Center and the Milwaukee Police Department to help domestic violence victims in MPD’s District 5.

Love could not be reached for comment prior to publishing.

The proposed cocktail bar is in a bustling section of Downtown, near the intersection of W. Wells St. and N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. It’s a block north of W. Wisconsin Ave. and approximately two and a half blocks south of the Milwaukee BucksDeer District. Its next door neighbor would be the Vietnamese-American restaurant, Xankia.

The Century Building was previously owned by an investment firm led by Ron San Felippo, but it was changed to a condominium ownership structure when it was redeveloped. The unit that Edith would move into is owned by Northpointe Holdings, LLC and Andrew Dumke, a partner with Alliance Development based out of Appleton.

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4 thoughts on “Cocktail Lounge Planned for Downtown”

  1. Polaris says:

    A couple of questions regarding the Century Building that someone may have the answers to:

    Outside of first-floor retail, is it still a mix of offices and apartments or is it all apartments, now?

    What does “condominium ownership structure” mean, here? Clearly, people are renting the apartments, but does this mean that there are different owners for various units and that they rent the units out at a common price point?

  2. mkemxp says:

    @Polaris — Legal Action and a private law firm that were occupying the 7th & 8th floors have moved. No idea if they’ve begun to convert those to apartments.

  3. Jeramey Jannene says:

    @Polaris – On the condo ownership structure, the building is divided up into a handful of large condominiums. It allows one entity to own all of the apartments, another to own the office space, another for the first-floor commercial space. The residents do not own their individual units.

  4. Polaris says:

    Brilliant! Thanks, Urban Milwaukee hive mind! 🙂

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