Construction crews are working
at the Dunkin’ Donuts property, repaving the lot at 427 E.
OCONOMOWOC - John Clark, the vice president of
operations for Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co., confirmed
the former Little Caesar’s building will be turned into
a Dunkin’ Donuts and that the property was purchased and
closed on about two weeks ago.
Clark said the
inside of the establishment, at 427 E. Wisconsin Ave., will have
a “comptemporary coffee house feel” when it is developed,
although right now working is being done on the parking lot and
“We feel our
product resonates with any size city,” he said. “Oconomowoc
suited our business model.”
He added he
feels people from other communities in the Lake Country area
will be drawn to the location.
Clark said he
is hopeful for an early spring opening for the new location.
city staff, a permit was filed Nov. 5 for the parking lot and
cooler by the current construction team, One Source Construction
approved in September by the Architectural Commission for
building facade renovation and signage for the Dunkin’ Donuts.
chain restaurant closed quickly and quietly in December 2011 and
the property has been vacant since.
In a previous
interview, City Planner Jason Gallo had said about the
development that “it is always very rewarding to see another
empty building get a tenant in our downtown.”
construction firm is repaving and restriping the pavement,
fixing the garbage enclosure and the fence near the lot line and
doing additional landscaping. The building is about 2,000 square
feet with a seating area of 20.
future renovations could include putting awnings on the
building, repainting it, making some structural changes outside
and changing the drive-thru window.
Hansen, owner of Java Hut, said in a previous article about the
Dunkin’ Donuts that although her business is nearby, she isn’t
scared of a chain moving in. The coffee shop bakes everything
fresh and uses primarily local products.