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Work is underway at the former Palermo Villa space and a liquor license has been applied for.
Work is underway at the former Palermo Villa space and a liquor license has been applied for.

Palermo Villa may be reborn

According to an application filed with the city's Office of the City Clerk's License Division, Dean Cannestra, Tina Conley and Mary Howard have requested a liquor license for the old Palermo Villa restaurant space at 2315 N. Murray Ave.

Cannestra is the brother of Palermo Villa owner Kathy Mirenda and was long associated with the restaurant (as well as with the now-closed Libiamo in Brewers Hill and Nessun Dorma in Riverwest). According the application, which is still pending, the license is requested in the name of Bar Romano, though one source who asked not to be named, suggested that name may simply be a "placeholder."

I wrote with sadness in July of Palermo Villa's closing. I explained in that posting why Palermo Villa was a restaurant that has had a personal significance for me, and I'm pleased to hear it will reopen.

It appears that some renovations are currently underway in the space.

A message to Cannestra has not yet been returned but when I talk to him and get more information, I promise to pass it along. But I know Milwaukee – or at the very least East Siders – couldn't wait to hear the news!

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