From retail to restaurants, the North Shore suburbs were bustling with business news in 2016. Here are the top 10 stories of the year.
Shorewood's new Metro Market grocery store — the first two-story grocery store in Wisconsin — opened its doors at 4075 N. Oakland Ave. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The 90,000-square-foot Metro Market replaces an aging building that functioned as a Pick 'n Save for 10 years and a Kohl's grocery store for more than 40 years. The "groceraunt" format of combines groceries with Roundy's-owned vendors serving pizza, barbecue, sushi, oysters and a bar with 12 Wisconsin beers on tap.
Five years after closing its doors, the former Bavarian Inn in Glendale was reopened as Bavarian Bierhaus in April. The 23,500-square-foot facility restaurant underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that modernized the restaurant and tap room, as well as adding an in-house brewery and a massive beer hall with seating for 350 people.
Aldi opened a new store at 6720 W. Brown Deer Road in October. The day before the new store opened, Aldi closed its store at 8080 W. Brown Deer Road. The new Brown Deer Aldi is larger than the old store, and has higher ceilings, updated signage, expanded cooler sections and more produce than the Aldi at 8080 W. Brown Deer Road.
A young couple from Madison opened the Milwaukee area's first shop, Lake Effect Surf Shop, in July. The shop sells surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, wet suits and other surfing gear. Wisconsin's only other surf shop is in Sheboygan.
Tamela Greene and Anne Marie Arroyo opened Moxie Food and Drink at 501 E. Silver Spring Drive on Dec. 15. Greene and Arroyo were both laid off by Harley-Davidson in December 2015, and after surveying 200 Whitefish Bay residents about their restaurant preferences, they took on an extensive renovation project to turn the former Placesetters gift shop into an intimate 42-seat restaurant.
Rebecca Goldberger and Lis Duggan opened Cloud Red in May in the former Village Pub space at 4488 N. Oakland Ave. The renovated restaurant serves an eclectic mix of homemade foods, 16 tap beers, wine and classic cocktails.
David Wu opened Crave Cafe in October in the former Runaway Meatball restaurant at 3592 N. Oakland Ave. Wu, who inherited East Garden Chinese restaurant from his father several years ago, said Crave Cafe is his chance to experiment with creative flavors and bring his international range of culinary influences to the simple, approachable burger format.
Lisa Kelly opened The Navy Knot on April 1 in the former Grace and Shelly's Cupcake shop at 308 E. Silver Spring Drive. Kelly, who previously worked at Lord & Taylor and United Colors of Benetton, has been following the preppy clothing trend for years, and was able to bring all of her favorite designers into The Navy Knot.
North Shore Bank announced its plans to replace a 92-year-old building with a two-story bank and parking lot in 2017. The building is occupied by Robert Laurence Hair Studio and Shorewood Press, which has relocated to the former Mike Crivello Camera Center at 1700 E. Capitol Drive. North Shore Bank plans to combine its two Oakland Avenue locations into the new two-story building.
The co-founders of Colectivo Coffee are in the process of opening The Ruckus at the site of the former Verizon building at 4144 N. Oakland Ave. In addition to the modern building with three garage door entrances, the restaurant will also have patio seating with a fire pit. The restaurant, which is expected to open in January, received $103,000 in facade improvement funds from the Shorewood Village Board in May. The Ruckus will serve burgers, ice cream, churros, shakes and floats.