The former JC Restaurant, 114 W.
Wisconsin Ave., was officially purchased by brothers Jake,
Joe and Jason van der Kooy, who will renovate the downstairs
space into offices.
OCONOMOWOC - As a chapter of a long and historic
business closes, another one opens with the former JC
Restaurant building being sold for a new business
was officially sold on Monday to brothers and owners Jake, Joe
and Jason van der Kooy.
114 W. Wisconsin Ave., was formerly owned by longtime Alderwoman
Lora Mae “Elly” Cochrane, who died March 23 at age 53 after a
five-year battle with cancer.
Her family had
owned the restaurant for more than 60 years and she had operated
the downtown location since 1982.
“I think that
Elly would have been very pleased with these three young men
that are purchasing the building,” Maureen Stapleton of
Stapleton Realty & Appraisal said. “They grew up here and are
going to fix up the building that it will be something Elly
would be very proud of.”
the brothers’ investment in the city is a sign of the
transformation that is happening in downtown.
“We have young
people that grew up here, love it here and want to reinvest to
be here,” she said.
Jake van der
Kooy said he owns a business advising firm, Brix Business, that
he will run out of the space.
“We will be
renovating the downstairs to be three offices, one for me, with
a shared conference room,” he said. “We are excited about this.
... One of the things that made us excited is seeing all of the
development that is happening downtown. The momentum is here.”
They hope to
have the space renovated and completed within three to six
months with the help of Jake’s brother-in-law, former aldermanic
candidate Jim Callaghan of Calco Contractors.
Jake van der
Kooy said the apartments upstairs will continue as normal with
their tenants and that the downstairs will be available for
small local practices like insurance brokers or financial
He said he had
always heard great things about JC Restaurant.
“I heard from
family and friends it was a good local business,” he said. “She
cared a lot about the community and she had the best milkshakes