Tim Collins will be at
the helm of Mequon’s new St. Paul Fish Co.
MEQUON — St. Paul Fish Co. will open its second
restaurant this summer in one of the historic buildings
in Spur 16, the planned second phase of the Mequon Town
200-seat restaurant will occupy the historic “smokestack
building” along Mequon Road west, of the railroad tracks
and the first phase of the Town Center.
Mequon developer Cindy Shaffer told the News Graphic
Tuesday she plans to break ground next month on the
13.4-acre project that will include the restaurant, a
public market, other retail, 156 apartments and
Paul Fish Co. has been a major presence in the Milwaukee
Public Market since it opened in 2005. In addition to a
sit-down restaurant, the Mequon location will include a
seafood store and oyster bar.
Owner Tim Collins, who recently moved to a historic farm
on Wauwatosa Road in Mequon, said the menu at the new
Mequon restaurant will be almost identical to that at
Milwaukee Public Market, perhaps with more dessert and
The former cannery building, sometimes called the
smokestack building on Mequon Road,
will house the St. Paul Fish Co.
said he believes there is a need for a quality seafood
restaurant in the area. The website for the Milwaukee
Public Market location includes a menu with numerous
fish dinners, appetizers, sandwiches and a variety of
fish fry options.
like the developer and we like the building and we like
the area,” Collins said. “It’s a really neat old
building; it has a lot of character.”
Collins said he did not yet have details of how many
would be employed at the Mequon restaurant. The
Milwaukee Public Market location has 42 employees, he
Shaffer, who was a co-developer of the Mequon Town
Center’s first phase, was selected by the city of Mequon
from several applicants to develop the site across the
railroad tracks. The city sold the property to her for
$1 plus the $60,000 broker’s fee. When fully built out,
the site is expected to generate $387,000 in property
really am very thankful and grateful to the community
for supporting me,” she said. “I appreciate the
collaboration with others. I look at this as a
partnership between Shaffer Development and the city of
Shaffer said she believes one of her successful selling
points for developing the site was her interest and
willingness to keep and restore the historic buildings.
Collins said he is aiming to open the restaurant by
July. Shaffer said she wants to be cautious about
promising an opening date because there often are
challenges involved with repurposing a historic
definitely will be open by the end of summer,” she said.
Shaffer added she plans “more surprises” in the coming
weeks as she announces other tenants for Spur 16.
There will be sufficient parking to accommodate the
restaurant and other businesses that will be part of the
development, she said.
“When I did this, I doubled the amount of parking,” she
said. “We’re not going to do this again – we need enough
16 will be the latest step in the development of the
Town Center. Other projects that are recently finished
or nearing completion are The Reserve, an 81- unit
apartment development at 6835 W. Mequon Road, and the
33-unit Dermond Property Investments project at 11130 N.
Plans for a multi-faceted Foxtown development on the
south side of Mequon Road that will include a renovated
brewery, other restaurants, apartments and free-standing
homes is also in the initial stages. The historic
brewery at the southeast corner of Mequon Road and
Buntrock Avenue will be the first part of that project
to move forward.