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New restaurant planned for downtown Chippewa Falls


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A building that has stood in downtown Chippewa Falls for over a decade will be getting a makeover this summer. The former Higher Grounds Coffee Shop sits at 2 Bay Street, across the street from the Chippewa River. It was recently sold at a sheriff's auction to the owners of the Glen Loch Saloon in Chippewa Falls.

"It'll be more of a Mediterranean-style restaurant, pastas, beautiful pastries, soups, and so forth," said Wayne Gazzo, new owner of 2 Bay Street in Chippewa Falls.

The old Higher Grounds Art Gallery and Coffee House building in Chippewa Falls is under new ownership. A new restaurant is on the menu going forward.

"We want to make it into a bistro, where there will be sandwiches and a good place for lunch, and coffee in the morning, and eventually make it a night time restaurant," Gazzo explained.

Before they can open up doors to customers, Wayne and his wife Diane will be busy making changes to the exterior and the interior of the building.

"We're doing some faux finishing, lots of faux finishing in the hallways, some special texturing that has some wallpaper involved in it," said Gazzo.

"I think what we're going to have to do is possibly sandblast the building, bring the brick back to the way it used to look like. And possibly try to get a clock on the top on the corner of the building."

There are some parts of the building that won't be changed; the tin roof and marble fireplaces will be part of the new restaurant, which Gazzo says will be called the Bay Street Bistro. On the second story, rooms may be altered to fit tenants when the time comes.

"We're willing to rent this whole space out, if someone wants to rent out 2,000 square feet, if someone has a need for that. Or we are going to partition it off, lay it out, and put four offices in here," Gazzo said.

The restaurant is expected to be finished in the next couple of months. But first, the new owners will need a restaurant license for the new location from the city.

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