Shorewood - With the level of anticipation and excitement behind Shorewood's new burger and ice cream restaurant, it's only appropriate that it be named The Ruckus.
The people responsible for raising The Ruckus are the three owners of Colectivo Coffee, who plan to open in mid-December at 4144 N. Oakland Ave.
In the past week, the restaurant owners have posted signs saying, "What's all the Ruckus" and informing job applicants to visit whatsalltheruckus.com. In addition to hosting job application forms, the simple website also shows the company's logo: a penguin wearing a fedora, tie and checkered slip-on shoes.
The restaurant was originally planning to have an illuminated penguin rotating on the top half of a 14-foot pole, but those plans were abandoned in favor of a more subtle monument sign that meets the village's sign code.
The building has a unique aesthetic, with three garage entrances on its facade and 880 square feet of indoor seating. There will be an abundance of patio seating on the south side of the building, where there will be a fire pit and pocket park of sorts. Patio seating will also be available along the sidewalk on Oakland Avenue. The restaurant plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
An early version of the restaurant's menu includes a hamburger, chicken sandwich, two chorizo-beef burgers, a soy chorizo burger, two types of hot dogs and a grilled cheese sandwich. In addition to conventional sandwich toppings, the menu also includes a variety of unusual toppings, such as chimichurri sauce, guacamole, salsa, charred pineapple and fried egg.
On the dessert menu, four types of churros will be available. Ice cream will be available in scoops, cones, a cookie-ice cream sandwich and a specialty crunch cone with crumbled cookie, spiced Mexican chocolate and churro flecks. There are also a variety of shakes, fountain drinks and floats, including root beer floats, nitro coffee floats and orange and cream floats. Colectivo Keg Company Beer will be served from the tap.
The Shorewood Village Board awarded $103,000 in facade improvement grants to The Ruckus in May. The old Verizon property is valued at $321,600, but when the renovations are completed, the property value is expected to increase to $721,600.
Verizon's old parking lot was eliminated as part of the redevelopment. The Ruckus' parcel includes four parking spaces in the adjacent parking lot to the north. The restaurant received an exception from the village's parking requirements, which in addition to the four on-site parking stalls, would have required an additional 12 to 13 parking stalls within 400 feet. Parking will be available in the public section of the Metro Market parking garage, but there is no written agreement designating parking spaces for The Ruckus customers.