Jack’s Catering plans to buy both 215 and 225 South,
which currently houses Mia Famiglia.
Hannah Weikel/Freeman Staff
Waukesha's well-known caterer Chef Jack Fisher has plans to purchase
the 225 South building in an effort to expand his operations and
offer customers a showroom for linens, taste testing and table
settings, but it will abruptly end the family-owned Italian
restaurant that has leased the address since 2015.
owner chose to sell instead of renewing 225 South
lease, so the restaurant will have its last night of service next
purchase of the building closes on Nov. 1, along with the building
directly next door at 215 South Ave., which he has leased for nearly
30 years from the daughter of Johnny Shoeshine.
The owner of 225
South, Kevin Sinnett, has leased the building to Mia Famiglia since
Tom White, owner
of Mia Famiglia, said he knew the building was for sale, but he and
his wife, son and two daughters couldn't afford to buy the space
themselves — listed for $650,000.
White said they
will shift focus to farmers markets and selling to Outpost Natural
Foods stores in the area while they search for another location in
the Milwaukee area.
“We are sad
because we met so many nice people in Waukesha,” White said. “We'd
like to see all our customers back again before we go.”
Before coming to
Waukesha, Mia Famiglia operated in Hales Corners for 14 years.
White said he
hasn't broken the news to all of his employees yet. He and his
family found out about the sale a week and a half ago.
“We are very
glad Chef Jack got the building,” he said. “He's one of the best
caterers for weddings in the Midwest.”
hundreds of tastings’
catering has been growing and expanding for many years and was
beginning to outgrow the space it inhabits at 215 South, he said,
and the venue next door — with its brick exterior, bar, kitchen and
dining hall — was just right for the company's vision of the future.
Fisher said his
son, Eric, has all but taken over the business and plans to do more
showcasing of tables, settings, linens and even lighting.
“It was really
Eric's idea to have this fabulous sampling room,” Fisher said. “We
do hundreds and hundreds of tastings and it's the perfect venue for
catering does weddings and events across the state and employs 15
fulltime and 75 to 100 part-time workers.
Fisher said the
space at 215 South is easy to walk by, and “no one knows we're
here.” He plans to keep 225 South exactly as it is and make good use
of the alleyway between both buildings.
Fisher, Sinnett was anxious to sell 225 South for a while and the
owner of 215 South, Ann Goings, is finally ready to sell her
building as well, so the timing was perfect.
home,” Fisher said. “This has all been a long time coming.”