The Golden Gate Centre is now
WAUKESHA - Paul
Moy’s Golden Gate Restaurant has been a part of the Gray Terrace
Shopping Centre on East Racine Avenue in Waukesha for more than 30
years. So when the plaza went into foreclosure five years ago, he
did the only thing he could think of to keep his spot: he bought the
After more than
four years of deconstructing, renovating and repairing, Moy will
host a grand opening and open house of the newly-renamed Golden Gate
Centre on Oct. 4.
Moy said it was a
difficult and sometimes scary process over the years getting the
plaza back into top shape.
“We fixed it all
up - replaced all the roofs, changed all the windows, the doors,
re-did the parking lot, re-did the bricks, fixed it all up - and
then we started renting it out,” he said.
features a number of businesses already including Moy’s restaurant,
the Waukesha Antique Mall, JoMar Flowers and Gifts, Data Logic
Systems, JohnRat Screen Printing and Forever Faded.
festivities will showcase three new businesses at the center: a
branch of Farmer’s Insurance, Rejuvenate massage therapy and the
Phoenix Salon - an appropriate name for a business in a center that
has been torn down and built back up again.
feature 12 individual hair stylists as well as a tanning salon.
The Gray Terrace
was originally built in 1963 as the first shopping center in
Waukesha outside the downtown area. It featured a grocery store, a
pharmacy and restaurants, but Moy said it fell into disrepair in the
1980s. And as other shopping malls opened in the area, the Gray
Terrace’s client list dwindled to just two by the late 2000s.
That’s when Moy
center was going under, it was under foreclosure,” he said. “We are
a Chinese restaurant that has been here for 34 years and we didn’t
want to move, so we ended up buying it.”
The kickoff event
Oct. 4 is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature a
ribbon-cutting with Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and state Sen. Paul
Farrow, as well as traditional Chinese lion dancing performed by the
ShaoLin Centre. Food, beverages and door prizes will also be
After his years of
hard work, Moy said he is not the only one glad to see the long
“The bank is
happy,” he joked, “they get their mortgage.”