Brewers Two Cafe and Artisan 179 have have asked the
Plan Commission to expand their outdoor patio seating
into the parking stalls and sidewalk in front of their
PEWAUKEE – The Plan Commission
has approved conditional use permits for three lakefront businesses
requesting to expand their outdoor patio seating, but commissioners
applied a number of contingencies.
Artisan 179 and Velocity requested to set up a patio in three
parking spaces in front of each business while Brewer’s Two Cafe
will set up tables in the boulevard before their business.
Although no one at Thursday night’s Plan Commission meeting voiced
any concerns, several people who commented on a Freeman Facebook
post were concerned about the lack of parking in downtown Pewaukee.
One condition of approval is that any business taking up parking
spots for the purposes of expanded patio dining must replace those
spots with their own private parking spots. Those spots have to be
marked as public accordingly, said Jeff Knutson, village president.
However, commissioners were even more focused on safety as they
considered the possible danger of a vehicle traveling 25 mph down
Wisconsin Avenue past dining tables stationed in parking stalls
adjacent to the street.
Artisan 179’s plan calls for planters or barriers that would contain
residents to the patio and protect them from vehicles. However, plan
commissioners wanted more protection and asked that businesses have
fencing in addition to barriers. Commissioners also required fire
and police chief approval of barriers to make sure they could
withstand or protect patio-goers from an oncoming vehicle.
Commissioner Ryan Lange agreed that safety was of utmost importance.
However, Lange also said the patios could be a positive for
businesses, adding that this may be an opportunity to “see how it
The conditional use permits still need Village Board approval and
will require renewal on Nov. 1, 2019.