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You may have noticed in the last few months that popular Madison grocer, Brennan’s has closed it’s doors across the city. Due to the sale of the stores and it’s less than stellar performance over the past few years, the stores were closed in the fall of this year. However, long time store manager, Tim Mulcahy, has set out to revive the Madison trademark. While it is not new to Madison, Brennan’s will reopen in the winter of 2017 under the new name, Brennan’s Cellars. According to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal, Mulcahy will be using approximately half of the Watts Road Brennan’s for the location of his not-so-new to Madison reboot. Brennan’s Cellars will feature a smaller selection of the wine, beer, and produce departments but the popular cheese department will remain similar in size to the one time Brennan’s.
As this longtime Madison establishment comes to a close, it’s future is bright as devoted previous employees and community members come together to reopen it’s doors. The Wisconsin State Journal quotes Mulcahy saying, “We’ve got a core group of people and a support network of people who really care about what Brennan’s was and we all share the same vision of what Brennan’s can be”. We are excited to see how this grocer fares in it’s new to Madison reboot and we wish you luck, Tim!
Judge Doyle Square Redevelopment
In other new to Madison news, a huge redevelopment project is underway in downtown Madison. As of late October, the $175 million dollar Judge Doyle Square Redevelopment project has broken ground. The Judge Doyle Square will bring many changes to the Madison downtown area. Phase one of this new to Madison project will include the construction of a $32 million dollar, 600-stall underground parking garage. This parking garage is intended to replace the dated Government East garage which is scheduled for demolition in November of 2018.
The new parking garage will service the downtown area as well as the new development which, according to The Cap Times, “will include an approximately 250-room mixed-use hotel with 23,551 square feet, with a large portion of that for meeting space. A 210-unit apartment building, about 7,800 square feet of street-level retail and a 289-stall [additional] parking garage, most of which will be above ground to serve the hotel and apartment tenants.” The Judge Doyle Square redevelopment project has been in the works since 2010 but a completion date for the entirety of the project has not yet been announced.
Sweet Tea Cakes
Frantically searching for the perfect place to make your 5 year old’s Star Wars birthday cake? Look no further than Sweet Tea Cakes, a new to Madison bakery that specializes in complex, special order, fondant cakes. This small, family-owned bakery opened on Madison’s westside in September and has been creating beautifully designed masterpieces ever since.
The Cap Times describes the bakery as, “whimsical and cheery, with light pink and mint green covering the walls and shelves.” While this new to Madison addition specializes in creating cakes, they also have display cases that feature all types of sweets including cupcakes, cake pops, chocolate bark, and cookies. Stop in today on Mineral Point Road to give this new to Madison bakery a try!
The Flats at Grandview Commons
A new affordable housing development is underway on the east side of Madison. The Flats at Grandview Commons broke ground in early November south of Milwaukee Street and east of I-90, just a few miles from downtown. In an article from Business Wire, this new to Madison development will feature, “six two-story structures with 28 two-bedroom and 66 three-bedroom units and a community clubhouse. On-site amenities will include a library, computer lab, meeting space, playground, and private garages.” This unique community is intended to provide resources for working families in order to grow their skills and increase their opportunities in the workforce. This type of community is new to Madison and State Senator Mark Miller hopes that it will be a jumping off point for other such developments in the Madison and surrounding areas. He said in the Business Wire article, “This is an important moment for our community as we work together to bring new, quality homes for working families in Madison. With the support of so many partners, The Flats at Grandview Commons is a model for how we can support residents as they build a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Flats at Grandview Commons is being funded by many prominent businesses including UnitedHealthcare and the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). With such powerful resources behind them, this housing development is sure to be an asset to the Madison community.
A new to Madison Sushi and Hibachi restaurant has opened on Madison’s East side. Situated in the old Hometown Buffet on Parkside Drive, Sumo Sushi and Hibachi features 14 hibachi grills and a 24-foot sushi bar, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The same article states that the new restaurant, “offers about 20 types of rolls. Lunches Monday through Saturday run about $10.” Regional manager for the restaurant describes the atmosphere as authentic. “The artifacts and the design of the restaurant are all authentic, from the concept to the colors.” Give Sumo Sushi and Hibachi a try and let us know what you think!