St. Paul Fish Co. to open eatery at Mequon's Spur 16 mixed-use project

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St. Paul Fish Co. plans to open its second Milwaukee-area location at a new $29 million mixed-use development coming to Mequon.

The seafood restaurant plans to use the redeveloped former Ross-Wells Inc. industrial building at the Spur 16 project.

Shaffer Development LLC last year received city zoning and design approvals to build Spur 16 north of W. Mequon Road, west of Mequon Town Center and east of Buntrock Ave.

St. Paul Fish will feature an oyster bar, fish market and restaurant that
will seat 200 patrons. Its plans include include extensive outdoor seating and indoor private dining options.

“We like the developer, and we like the building and we like the area,” St. Paul Fish owner Tim Collins said in the Friday announcement.

St. Paul Fish, which also operates at the Milwaukee Public Market in the Historic Third Ward, is the first commercial tenant announced for Spur 16. The development is named for the site's historic railroad spur.

Shaffer Development's plans for Spur 16 include renovating other industrial buildings on the site's southern portion for a public market and additional commercial space, as well as building new apartments.

Other commercial tenants are to be announced over the next several months.

Spur 16's grounds outside the fish market will include a weekend farmers market, food trucks, and art and musical events. 

The apartments will be developed on the site's northern portion. 

“We already have reservations on two of our 10 town homes that will be located along
Buntrock Ave., and we have not started marketing the project,” Cindy Shaffer, owner of Shaffer Development, said in a statement.

Shaffer Development plans to break ground in February.

The renovated commercial buildings, totaling 20,000 square feet, are to be completed this summer with the town homes to be completed this fall, Shaffer said.

Three additional three-story apartment buildings, totaling 155 units, are to be completed in the spring and summer of 2019, she said.

The St. Paul Fish announcement comes the same week that the Mequon Common Council approved new zoning for the Foxtown mixed-use development, which is just across Mequon Road.

Foxtown's plans calls for a combination of redeveloped and new buildings which would include a restaurant, two craft breweries, additional office and retail space, 96 apartments and 21 single-family homes.

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