Plans to open a pizza takeout shop on North Avenue in Wauwatosa were put on hold after members of the city's plan commission expressed concerns about the overall lack of details in the applicant's proposal.
Applicant Gerry Ramos has said the pizza eatery proposed for 6416 W. North Ave. would bring a 'neighborly, friendly atmosphere,' and in an interview last week he said the restaurant's name and menu have yet to be determined.
Details still weren't ironed out by the time the plan commission reviewed the request for a conditional use permit Monday.
'Usually when we have a restaurant come in they're very specified about their concept,' said commission member Michael Goetz. '(The proposal) doesn't have a name or specifics. I would need more details on the concept itself to approve such an item.'
Mayor Kathy Ehley echoed that sentiment: 'I'm very concerned with the vagueness of the concept.'
According to city documents, the eatery would operate primarily as a carryout venue, but would provide seating for 12 inside and 12 outside. To accommodate the restaurant, an addition to the existing commercial storefront — which previously housed hair salons — would be constructed. A residential unit located to the rear of the property is attached to the commercial storefront.
Proposed hours of operation for the restaurant are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to the business plan submitted to the city. Two to three people would be employed.
Cranky Al's, located a few blocks away at 6901 W. North Ave., also serves pizza.
The commission voted to hold the conditional use request indefinitely and until the proposal was at least cleared by the city's design and review board, which hasn't yet happened.
Ramos said he and property owner Ming Xiang Luo would try to comply with whatever was required by the city in order to gain approval.