Former Chinese restaurant gets makeover

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

March 17, 2015


The ornate architectural Chinese details of Ching Hwa Restaurant at 1947 E. Main St. in Waukesha have been removed in anticipation of Solo Salons moving into the space.

Bob Ford, owner and president of Ford Construction in Waukesha, said while doing interior work, the crew discovered a 1977 Country Kitchen menu from the building’s previous life. At that time you could get a mug of coffee for free with any purchase and a grilled cheese meal cost 99 cents.

Due to parking issues and lack of visibility from Moreland Boulevard, Solo Salons wanted to find a new location, Ford said. The former restaurant will be made into a 16-chair salon. He was unsure of the opening date.

Overall, Ford said he’s seeing an increase in demand for his services.

“It’s a big difference than a year ago. We are getting a lot of calls and good calls — people who are serious and who want to do things,” he said.