Cantina co-owner Leslie Montemurro, left, holds a
t-shirt next to IM Properties Vice President of
U.S. Operations, Robert Gould, Town of Brookfield
Chairman, Keith Henderson, and BelAir co-owner,
Kristyn Eitel, on Friday in the Town of
Brookfield. The restaurant was announced as a
tenant at the development.
OF BROOKFIELD - BelAir Cantina is coming to The Corners
of Brookfield when it opens in April, the company
announced at an event Friday.
restaurant will be located along the northwest end of
The Corners Market Square, directly across from the main
entrance to Von Maur. It will seat up to 250 guests and
include a prominent bar as well as an outdoor patio.
is described as “a Mexican restaurant with some
California flair.” It’s known for its tacos,
guacamole and full-brunch menu. Currently, it has
locations in Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, and two in Milwaukee.
customers have been requesting us to move to the west
side since we opened our first store in 2010, so we have
been looking around the west suburbs for a long time,”
Leslie Montemurro, co-owner of BelAir, said. “We’ve
been looking for the right place, and I think in The
Corners we found the right match.”
wait in line food from BelAir Cantina on Friday
at The Corners of Brookfield in the Town of
Brookfield. The restaurant was announced as a
new tenant at the development.
finished, The Corners will have 400,000 square feet of
retail and restaurant space. It will be anchored by a
Von Maur department store and Sendik’s Food Market.
The complex also includes 244 luxury apartments and
underground parking for about 1,400 vehicles.
will be in a central location at the development in
what’s described by IM Properties Vice President of
U.S. Operations Robert Gould as a town center-like
portion. He said in Europe, market squares are a
“gathering place and their origins are a means of
exchange for ideas and goods.” Gould added it was a
no-brainer to add the restaurant to The Corners Market
Square, especially after visiting one of its locations.
walked into the BelAir over on North Avenue (in
Wauwatosa) and I just thought, I want this, this is what
I want,” Gould said. “It reminded me of lively,
outdoor eating that you see in squares around Europe,
particularly in Spain, which is historically where the
roots of all of this comes from. I thought, this has got
a buzz, it’s got an atmosphere, it’s got a
smell, it’s got noise, it’s got life, that’s what
we want in this square, and we want more of it.”
announcement was made at an event where tours were given
and a catered lunch from BelAir was provided for the
almost 300 construction workers at the site.
worker works on a steel beam Friday at The
Corners of Brookfield.
at the site, located at Interstate 94 and Barker Road,
began in May 2015 and has seen steady progress since
then. The numerous structures continue to take shape and
the underground parking, which extends 20 feet below the
surface, is progressing.
the construction advance is still surreal for Waukesha
County Executive Paul Farrow, who used to work at the
Menards that was formerly at the site.
Market Square at The Corners of Brookfield. The
building pictured is where BelAir Cantina will
worked there back in the mid-90s, so it’s kind of
fun,” Farrow said. “And this was my first bill in
2011 when I was in the (state) Legislature, to allow for
a TIF in the Town of Brookfield to allow this
development to begin. So to see it coming to fruition,
seeing what’s happening here, seeing the excitement
with 300some employees working right now on this job
site is fantastic.”
IM Properties Vice
President of U.S. Operations Robert Gould speaks
as representatives from BelAir Cantina and the
Town of Brookfield listen Friday in the Town of
new Magnificent Mile?
added that it’s been incredible to see the recent,
extensive commercial development in Brookfield along
Bluemound Road, including The Corridor, Brookfield
Square and Calhoun Crossing.
looking at the entire growth of Waukesha County right
now,” Farrow said. “We were at a meeting a couple
months ago and I said, ’We’re challenging Chicago
with their Magnificent Mile; we’ve got almost 3.2
miles between Moorland Road and Goerke’s Corners
that’s going to be some of the highest-end shopping
that’s going to be here.”
said with tenants slowly being rolled out and announced,
the emphasis now turns to a number of issues surrounding
the developments in Brookfield.
looking at a need for almost 3,000 employees along this
corridor and it’s going to be anywhere from the
restaurant food service industry to retail to the
hospitality industry,” Farrow said. “We’re also
going to need to find ways to get people to this
destination; transportation is going to be a big
conversation we’re going to have. We’ll look at bus
transit and work to get people here and make sure that
the roads and everything are safe and accessible.”