OF PEWAUKEE — A former home furnishings and
electronics retail building continues its metamorphosis
into an entertainment venue, following a Pewaukee
panel’s pair of approvals Thursday.
city’s Plan Commission green lit two proposals for
portions of the former American building at W229N1400
Westwood Drive. A laser tag franchise is occupying a
portion of the facility, and a relocated outdoor car
show will take up sections of the parking lot this
Hard Knocks Laser Tag franchise joins fellow permanent
tenants Point Burger Bar and Veloce Indoor Speedway
go-kart track at the former American site. Ninety
percent of the building is now occupied.
of Hard Knocks said the venue is designed to appeal to a
range of clientele, from teenagers to adults. While much
of its appeal is expected to be recreational, the
applicants said the business also would appeal to
persons interested in such activities as corporate
Knocks’ operations plan also includes a small bar
area. Commissioners expressed concern about its
accessibility to underage patrons, but the franchise
representatives asserted it would be set apart from the
main laser tag area.
the bar concern, commissioners were overwhelmingly
supportive of Hard Knocks, which is expected to open
later this year.
an interesting reuse of the space,” commissioner Craig
panel also backed an enthusiast group’s plans to have
an outdoor display of old cars in Point Burger Bar’s
parking area throughout the upcoming summer months.
group, known as Wednesday Night Classics, has bounced
around to different venues since the events
in 2001. After outgrowing Pistol Pete’s lot in
Brookfield, the enthusiasts showcased their classics,
rods, customs and muscle cars in the Weissgerber’s
Gasthaus parking lot.
are not car shows,” organizer Tom Hekkers said,
pointing out no awards are handed out throughout the
season. “We’re just a bunch of guys who are car
the Gasthaus site closed last year, members of the
enthusiasts group have been exploring alternate sites.
As the group’s name suggests, the displays have taken
place on Wednesday evenings.
in their review briefly wrangled over some of the finite
details, including a cut-off time for the car displays
since they will be held outdoors.
Administrator Scott Klein said applicants are typically
given specifically tailored conditional-use permits,
outlining when music and other related festivities must
Point Burger Bar’s location near the Interstate 94
corridor, Klein said, “I don’t see it being a
on Thursday, commissioners reviewed several requests
related to animals.
The panel granted applicant Kevin Blackmore a commercial
kennel license for a dog daycare business within an
industrial building at W238-N1700 Rockwood Drive.
Additionally, resident Nancy Guerrero was granted a
so-called hobby kennel license at her home along
has five dogs on her property, which is two more than
the city’s threedog threshold. The license gives
Guerrero the ability to have the two additional dogs.
Commissioners also were slated to review Wolfgang and
Alexandra Gaggl’s request to keep miniature goats on
their Oak Court property, but it was withdrawn from the
agenda and not reviewed.