Formerly Node cafe, La Piazza, 1504 E. North Ave., has gone through a couple incarnations over the past year or so, trying its hand at being a cafe, a bar and a pizzeria.
It opened in summer 2007 and closed for remodeling shortly after. It reopened at the start of 2008.
Now, the "inexperienced" owners are looking to sell to someone with more background in the restaurant business.
Here's the listing from craigslist.org:
"Located on Milwaukee's hot East Side between Marquette University and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee on North Ave's Entertainment district. Formerly The Node currently La Piazza. New dorm just opened across the river another dorm just announced to be built across the street. 6000-sq. ft. building on a high visibility and high traffic corner location. The bar and restaurant infrastructure was constructed just over one year ago. Inexperienced operators have done all they can and now the Building's owner is looking for experienced operators who have experience marketing a hot location. All equipment is in place and current owner is willing to deal. If you are experienced and have an existing concept suited for the 21-30 market this could be your next location. Five year lease $3500 per month NNN. Building owner will assist experienced and qualified operator with financing."
So, if you wanna get into the pizza business, $60,000 buys you La Piazza on North Avenue.
McDonalds a "turn off"?
i don't know. i think that little burger joint just might last.
in fact, with that concept of theirs i can easily envsion billions and billions of burgers being sold.
I agree with the quick Tex-Mex idea. A place like Pasquals in Madison would work there. Fresh ingredients, vegan and vegetarian choices, fresh guacamole, lots of microbrews - with an emphasis on takeout. http://www.pasquals.net
I gave La Piazza a couple of tries. I live within a two minute drive of the restaurant and ordered from them twice. The pizza wasn't bad, but the service was terrible. Both times I called in an order I was put on hold--which seems ridiculous given how empty the restaurant is on most nights. The last time I ordered from them, I waited an hour and a half for delivery (I live only blocks away) and the charge to my credit card did not match the receipt I was given. It's too bad they weren't able to get their act together.
I agree that the location is bad. Nothing about that intersection is inviting or "cool".
Show me the other 3 Talkbacks
8 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Bobby Tanzilo
Published Sept. 18, 2014
Perhaps no Milwaukee historical landmark has suffered more indignity than the replica of the early home of founder Solomon Juneau. After being sealed to the public for decades, we got a peek inside.
Published Sept. 18, 2014
Back in spring, I posted some photo outtakes from my wanderings around town and you seemed to enjoy them. So, here are five more from the archive.
Published Sept. 16, 2014
Though the exhibition was a small one, Milwaukee photographer Kevin Miyazaki's "Perimeter" show at the Haggerty Museum was one of the highlights of the local arts scene in 2013. Now, the project is showcased in a hardcover book -- officially launched with an event on Wednesday, Sept. 17 -- and we caught up with Miyazaki to ask him about the inspiration for and the perspiration of creating this unmatched exploration of Lake Michigan and its diverse users.
Published Sept. 16, 2014
Decades after the break-up of The Rascals, Felix Cavaliere is still performing. We caught up with him before he arrives in Milwaukee this week for a gig at the Northern Lights Theater.
Published Sept. 15, 2014
There are few events more exciting for me than Doors Open Milwaukee, which takes place this coming weekend, Sept. 20-21, as dozens of locations around town as venues of all kinds swing open their doors to let Milwaukeeans see inside. There are churches, schools, office buildings, historic sites and much more.Here are six you won't want to miss!
Published Sept. 13, 2014
Like you, we love the Klement's Racing Sausages. But, the other day, while gazing down at the figures on a T-shirt celebrating 20 years of sal-seech, I wondered if a few of them couldn't use a bit of a makeover and if the time is ripe for a sixth member of the meat-grinder gang.
Published Sept. 10, 2014
Once upon a time, The Modjeska Theater, 1134 W. Mitchell St., was a neighborhood movie palace, the big daddy of Mitchell Street, the second busiest thoroughfare in Milwaukee after Wisconsin Avenue. Now, after four dormant years, and decades after it ended its run as a movie house, Mitchell Street Development Opportunity Corporation is cleaning it up, with an eye toward re-opening in spring with a mix of movies, concerts and other live performances.
Published Sept. 9, 2014
I love finding bits of Milwaukee history and now more than ever they're easy to find online.
Published Sept. 8, 2014
Madison's non-partisan Forward Institute released a report Monday that looked at education funding across the state of Wisconsin and found that over the past decade increasing poverty, deep education cuts, voucher expansion, the economic recession and growing rates of bilingual and special needs enrollment have led to a system that fuels funding and opportunity gaps among Wisconsin students and communities.
Published Sept. 7, 2014
A few weeks ago, I looked at missed opportunities, ugly spaces and other problem spots east of the river. This time, I go west.