Permit approved for carry-out comfort food restaurant
Hartwell building last served as gyro stand

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Oct. 9, 2014

 The Waukesha Plan Commission has approved a conditional use permit for a new, comfort-food restaurant in this building in the 900 block of North Hartwell Avenue.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — John and Leslie Bley live in Delafield, but it was a Waukesha building that stole their hearts and got them dreaming about a carry-out comfort food restaurant.

Now the couple’s dream is one step closer to reality as the Plan Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the building at 928 Hartwell Avenue.

The building is in a district that’s zoned for manufacturing, but a conditional use permit will allow the business to operate there.

Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said the building has been vacant since it served as a gyro stand six or seven years ago.

“It was in bad shape,” Leslie Bley said. “But we fell in love with the building.”

Fortin said there’s very little seating inside, so the space will be mostly conducive to carry-out foods.

The Bleys love cooking locally sourced whole foods, and plan to focus on comfort foods like pies, soups and freshly baked bread, John Bley said.

“There’s nothing like that in Waukesha — you normally have to go to Milwaukee for something like that,” Leslie Bley said.

They’re unsure of the restaurant’s name at this time, but hope to open sometime in mid-November.

It will prospectively be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.