By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 02, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Most real estate listings don’t specify who should buy their properties. But, a recent Micoley listing does.

"Calling all chefs!" it declares, as it touts the assets of the property at 800 W. Layton Ave., former home of J Roberts Porterhouse, a steakhouse which closed in 2009.

The property consists of 1.95 acres of land, and the building is 16,804 square feet, with seven baths, two main bars, two dining halls (one with a stone fireplace), two walk-in freezers, three walk-in coolers, a lower banquet center for private parties, and asphalt parking spaces for 197.

The listing also notes that the building is handicap accessible – a big plus, considering there have been recent South Side closings (namely Southwoods) related to the expense of adding handicap access to older buildings. 

A video posted last October gives a grand tour of the space:

Sellers are listed as "highly motivated," as they should be, considering the property has been on the market for over five years. Of course, the listing also suggests that, "Buyers are most likely already researching this property, and coming to decisions about whether to make a purchase, so potential buyers are advised to act fast."

The property is listed at $1,495,000 with an opening bid of $895,000 if no offer is received prior to the auction on Aug. 29. The property has an assessed value of $722,000, according to city records.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.