By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Dec 17, 2008 at 9:37 AM

An e-mail from the Zilli Restaurant group confirmed what local news reports stated recently, Coast, 931 E. Wisconsin Ave., will close at the end of the year and transform itself into a private, for rent space called Zilli Lake and Gardens.

Zilli Lake and Gardens is slated to open in February 2009. Here's the official word, "Coast -- A Zilli Restaurant will start renovations to become Zilli Lake & Gardens Jan. 1, 2009 and will be closed to the public after that time."

Your last chance to dine and drink at Coast is on New Year's Eve. Coast opened at its O'Donnell Park location on Aug. 7, 2003.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.