By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Jun 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM

The owners of MOVIDA, 524 S 2nd St., will soon expand their Spanish-themed endeavors to include a restaurant, bar and boutique hotel in Walker’s Point.

Partners Hemad Fadaifar,  Aaron Gersonde and Andrei Mikhail have acquired the property at the corner of 6th and Bruce, just south of Great Lakes Distillery. The property at 600 S. 6th St. includes a patio, parking lot and a grassy lot which will be converted to a vegetable garden to supply the restaurant.

The concept for the bar and restaurant will focus on the more rustic, traditional cuisine of Spain in a large plate format. The menu will be executed by Chef Dave Sapb, currently sous chef at MOVIDA.

"We’ll be exploring more of the fire, wood, oak, coal and smoke elements," says Mikhail. "Things inherent to the rustic cuisine of Spain."

The partners anticipate the hotel will include about four units, each designed and equipped with decor inspired by Spain.

"We explored expansion to places beyond Wisconsin," says Garsonde. "But, we love it here in Walker’s Point, and are looking forward to continuing to expand here, pushing culinary boundaries and introducing people to more of the cuisine we know and love."

The partners expect the project to be completed by the end of 2015.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

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