WAUKESHA - With the owner of
the Mad Rooster Cafe sentenced to more than a year in prison for tax
fraud, the business' plan to move into the former Hardee's site
downtown is dead in the water, a property manager said Thursday.
Several other restaurant
owners have expressed interested in the site, owned by Berg
Management, but none have offered formal proposals since plans
fizzled out with Mad Rooster's owner Andreas Bouraxis last summer,
said Rosie Strauss, Berg Management commercial property manager.
Last July, Bouraxis admitted
conspiring to defraud the United States by impeding the Internal
Revenue Service - the same day Mad Rooster gained final approval
from Waukesha's Plan Commission - in connection with operating his
family's three restaurants in the Milwaukee area. His father, mother
and brother-in-law were also indicted.
At the time, Waukesha Mayor
Shawn Reilly said Bouraxis' conviction didn't change the city's
decision to welcome a Mad Rooster downtown.
But the lot remains vacant
after the family backed down on the 130 N.W. Barstow St. property,
citing financial issues, Strauss said.
The 4,511 square foot
building, along with a large parking lot - currently rented to
Wisconsin Department of Transportation offices across the street -
costs $4,000 per month and the leasee would be responsible for
taxes, property insurance and utilities, Strauss said.
It has been on the market for