River Lane Inn
A century ago,
Brown Deer’s original village center, a triangular area surrounded
by railroad tracks to the west, Green Bay Road to the east and Brown
Deer Road to the north, was the hub of the community, humming with
basic services like a barber shop, grocery store, ice cream parlor and
But as strip
malls and big box stores cropped up along Brown Deer Road, the
historic neighborhood, with its quaint mix of older storefronts and
traditional bungalows, faded into the background.
Now, with the
recent completion of a $3 million streetscaping project, Brown Deer
hopes to bring this hidden community gem front and center once again.
Along with new roads and infrastructure, the area received a cosmetic
makeover, including gateway signs, a historical plaza and brick
Deli and Restaurant
original village in a turn-of-the-century building at 4313 W. River
Lane is the River Lane Inn, a venerable seafood restaurant regarded
for its culinary creativity.
Just east of
River Lane Inn, Prime Time Sports Bar and Eatery (8777 N. Deerwood
Drive), a popular casual dining spot, serves up hearty American fare
at reasonable prices.
neighbor Larry’s Market (8737 N. Deerwood Drive) has been a Brown
Deer staple for more than 40 years. The gourmet grocer and caterer
carries an array of specialty foods from artisanal cheeses to fine
street is another village mainstay. With its warm, homey atmosphere,
Kurt Schultz Deli and Restaurant (8752 N. Deerwood Drive) is renowned
for its fresh-from-the-oven breads, deli meats and soups.
seeking state-of-the-art home theater systems and audio equipment can
find their fill at Audio Emporium (8766 N. Deerwood Drive). Tucked
away at 4134 W. River Lane, Poco Loco, a 1920s-style cantina, serves
up a mean margarita and classic Mexican fare.
to the area include Modus Design Inc., a graphic design and marketing
firm that renovated a former auto garage at 8759 N. Deerwood Drive
into its office headquarters last year. Peabody’s Interiors, a
high-end interior design firm specializing in custom home furnishings,
consolidated two North Shore locations to 8655 N. Deerwood Drive in
2010. Peabody’s shares the building with Wade Weissmann
will celebrate the original village at "Eat and Greet on the
Street," a grand opening event June 7 along Deerwood Drive
between River Lane and Ruth Place. The neighborhood block party,
scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m., will feature a ribbon cutting, food and
drink specials and live music.