Men with restaurant experience in Milwaukee suburbs to re-open local eatery
The Belgium Family Restaurant is expected to open by the end of the month, owner Santos Beiza said.
Beiza and his partner George Papagianis of Pewaukee are renovating the former Belgium House Restaurant at 745 Main St.
The new owners bring a wealth of restaurant experience to the village.
Beiza has worked for Papagianis for a number of years and owned Georgina’s Restaurant in Oconomowoc.
According to documents filed with the village, Papagianis has operated
Christina’s Family Restaurant in Waukesha since 1985 and previously operated Colonial Restaurant in Menomonee Falls.
The new restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Beiza said.
He would also like to serve breakfast, but said he wants to see how business goes first.
Beiza said he was attracted to the village because of its small-town environment.
“I don’t have a lot of knowledge about the village,” he said. “But from what I have seen, it appears to be a great place to raise a family.”
The restaurant will serve a combination of American, Greek and Mexican food, Beiza said.
The restaurant’s liquor was approved by the Village Board Monday.
Beiza, who lives in Waukesha, said he will handle the day-to-day operations.
The building has historically been a restaurnt and bar, but had other uses over time until it was renovated by Mike Ansay for Curly’s Pub.
In the application for a liquor license, the owners said the restaurant will have a capacity of 130 patrons in the restaurant and another 30 in the bar.
It will have 12 employees, including two bartenders.
That number could change, according to Beiza, depending on demand.
The restaurant will also utilize the banquet space for weddings and other parties, he said.
The owners will have to pay $10,000 for the liquor license as required by state law, but the village will reimburse them $9,500 through a grant.
Village Attorney Gerry Antoine said Monday that the grant is through the Wisconsin Venture Capital Association, which allows municipalities to offer new owners up to $10,000.
“This is not local taxpayer money,” Antoine said. “If a city decides it wants to give a grant to a business, it can do that.”
Village Clerk Kaity Olsen said current businesses in Belgium pay $400 per year for their liquor licenses.
The liquor license goes through June 30, 2015.
Image information: SANTOS BEIZA, one of the two men who purchased the former Belgium House Restaurant, is converting it into the Belgium Family Restaurant. The space had been vacant since January and is expected to open by the end of August. Photo by Sam Arendt