Business news for August

2005-08-08T00:00:00Z Business news for AugustBy Compiled by Ann Garber, Journal Times Journal Times

Openings

Shogun, 518 College Ave., Racine

Shogun, a new Japanese restaurant has opened Downtown, promising to serve customers ample helpings of entertainment with every meal.

Shogun should bring a new kind of dining experience to Racine County customers.

"We want to push it as dinner and a show," said co-owner Michael Choi. He and his wife, Christine Choi, sold Wakaba Japanese Restaurant in Deerfield, Ill., and moved here this spring to open Shogun.

Each dinner at Shogun includes a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, fried rice, vegetable, entree, dessert and tea.

Every table at Shogun is a combination cooking and dining table for eight. Customers who arrive in smaller groups than that will be seated together around a table of at least five or six before the cooking begins.

In the center of each table is a flat, 2- by 4-foot teppan griddle with a single burner underneath. There the cook will prepare one dish at a time before diners' eyes.

The process is a combination of cooking, flashy knife work, theater, juggling and humor.

Shogun is open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4-9 p.m. Sunday. For more information call the restaurant at (262) 637-0777.

Dinner by Design

2504 S. Green Bay Road, Racine

If you've ever wanted to cook in someone else's kitchen - with that someone else preparing the ingredients and cleaning up - Dinner By Design may be your cup of soup.

The growing franchise has opened at 2504 S. Green Bay Road, in front of the south-side Pick 'n Save. The franchise owners are Jane LaGolden, 56, and Lori Zimmerman, 34, mother and daughter.

According to Dinner By Design, in about two hours people can make 12 entrees to take home, freeze and bring to the table as needed. The two-hour cooking sessions are designed to save time for busy families.

Customers make an appointment for their cooking session and preselect the dishes they want to make. When they arrive, the recipes and ingredients are ready.

They leave with their entrees in storage containers which are then put in the freezer until needed.

Zimmerman said the typical two-hour session, which costs $199, is enough time to cook 12 separate meals for a family of four to six - or 24 entrees for a family of two or three people.

Cooking sessions are available at 6:30 p.m. Monday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. and noon Saturday.

The 7 p.m. sessions are reserved for private parties of eight to 12 people who will have the kitchen to themselves.

For more information, call (262)554-1092, or reserve a slot and select menu items online at:

http: / /www.dinnerbydesignkitchen.com

Swift Care

Northwestern Health Center

2405 Northwestern Ave., Racine

Swift Care, a new walk-in clinic, opened July 21 at Northwestern Health Center, 2405 Northwestern Ave.

The clinic treats both adult and pediatric patients. "We treat illnesses and injuries when you are unable to get in to see your family doctor, or if you have no doctor," Swift Care's Dr. Antoinette Zell said.

The clinic also has a physician's assistant, nurses and other health professionals in addition to X-ray and laboratory on site.

Swift Care offers a 40 percent discount if the patient pays the bill by cash or credit card on the day of treatment. If the patient cannot pay the entire bill, Swift Care takes a $50 deposit and sets up a payment plan.

Swift Care is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information call the clinic at (262) 637-9438.

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Highways 11 and 31, Mount Pleasant

Qdoba Mexican Grill, the cornerstone of a new strip shopping center called Qdoba Plaza, opened Monday.

Qdoba Plaza occupies a piece of land at the northeast corner of Highways 11 and 31. Qdoba Mexican Grill is the first of its occupants to open, with more to follow by fall.

Qdoba - now a subsidiary of Jack in the Box - is a fast-growing, Denver-based restaurant chain. The first one opened in 1995 in Denver; there are now about 265, with about 90 more planned for the next fiscal year.

The restaurant, which can seat about 70 people, classifies itself as "fast casual" with non-traditional Mexican food. All entrees are prepared in front of the customer and topped with personally selected ingredients.

The general managers are Mike O'Laughlin and Jim Eschman, both 41, and graduates of Case and Horlick high schools, respectively.

Qdoba is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.ÊCall (262) 598-9277 for more information.ÊPick-up orders can be faxed to (262) 598-9250.

The Country Store

107 200th Ave., Union Grove

Cooperatives Plus Inc. (formerly Farmer's Grain & Supply) has opened The Country Store, a division of CPI. The new facility at 107 200th Ave. (Highway 45 just south of KR) replaces the two buildings at 1007 State St.

The new store carries many of the same items as before, including a full line of equine and livestock feeds; tack, supplements and grooming accessories; pet foods; bird seed and feeding items; and lawn and garden items. New lines include Carhart and Wrangler apparel, Ariat footwear, Holland grills, Hesston hay equipment, Massey subcompact tractors, and Simplicity, TORO and Stihl power equipment.

Store hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Visit the Web site at http: / /www.cooperativeplus.com or call (262) 878-5720.

ShapeXpress

4915 Washington Ave., Racine

ShapeXpress, a women's-only fitness center, marked its grand opening along with the renaming of Westgate Mall to Westgate Square. The center hosted an open house and mini health fair in late July, which included a Market Day Gourmet program, from which a portion of the proceeds was donated to local schools and parent-teacher organizations. The center has been open since Nov. 15.

Family Eye Care Center of Racine

2405 Northwestern Ave., Racine

Family Eye Care Center of Racine is now open in Northwestern Medical Center, 2405 Northwestern Ave.

The center is a full-service vision clinic offering exams, glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Greg Pierangeli, an optometric physician, can diagnose and treat eye disease and prescribe and fit glasses or contact lenses.

The 1974 Case High School graduate spent the past 17 years practicing in Jonesboro, Ark., in private practice.

The center is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with expanded hours as needed. Call (262) 634-2020 for more information.

Fox World Travel

5721 74th St., Kenosha

Oshkosh-based Fox World Travel has opened a new travel agency in Kenosha at 5721 75th St., in the Prairie Plaza, near Charcoal Grill on Highway 50. It is easily accessible from Highway 31, has ample parking and is equipped with state of the art technology.

Fox World Travel ranked as the 16th largest of more than 25,000 travel agencies in the United States, according to the 2005 Business Travel Survey in Business Travel News. Fox World Travel owns and operates 17 retail travel locations throughout Wisconsin and Illinois as well as Epic Cruise Center in Green Bay, Appleton and Racine, Premier Meetings and Incentives in Oshkosh, Fox World Travel School, and 19 satellite locations throughout the United States.

The Kenosha office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

On the Horizon

Update on 410 Main St.

Bogdan and Halina Pudzisz purchased the four-story building at 410 Main St. from the city of Racine and immediately began their rehabilitation of the building.

To date, a new roof has been installed and most of the internal demolition work has been completed. Within the next few weeks construction on the new façade will begin.

The Pudzisz are also working on designs for a courtyard which will go into the empty lot next to the building. Once the rehab is complete, the first floor of the building will be available for retail space. The second floor will house office or retail and the third and fourth floors (which have views of Lake Michigan) will provide housing. The Pudzisz also own the building at 422 Main St., which houses Real Estate Professionals.Ê

New businesses coming to Qdoba Plaza

Qdoba Plaza, at Highways 11 and 31 in Mount Pleasant, is being built by Milwaukee developer Michael Pranke who owns the Wisconsin Qdoba franchise. Because the company always looks for strong corners for its restaurants, he said, "That led us to developing corners ourselves."

Pranke bought three parcels from three separate owners to form his plaza. Besides Qdoba Mexican Grill, which is already open, the plaza will include:

* Caribou Coffee, a Minneapolis-based coffeehouse chain that is second in size only to Starbucks nationally.

It should open sometime in August, Pranke said.

* Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream shop that should open in September.

* A sandwich shop. Pranke said a Subway or Quiznos is very likely.

* Verizon Wireless phone store in September.

* A free-standing Bank Mutual at the far south end of the development. Pranke said that is a separate project, as he resold a piece of land to the bank, which is constructing its own 3,500-square-foot building.

In addition to those stores, Qdoba Plaza still has about 4,000 feet of additional retail space, or about 30 percent of the total, that's not yet leased, Pranke said.

Dunkin' Donuts is on the way

A Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins store is set to open at 6026 Washington Ave. on Aug. 15.

The company behind it is the small, Chicago-based Five Star Development Group. Franchise co-owner Brett Salzer said they are now putting the finishing touches into the building and training the workers.

Dunkin' Donuts has a much broader menu now; you can get actual meals, bagels and more. And the espresso drinks will rival those of Starbucks, Salzer said, but are more "value-priced" - that is, cheaper.

Salzer also said the doughnuts will be baked twice daily, so they'll never be more than 12 hours old. "It used to be once a day - if you were lucky," he said. He also raved about the bagels, which will be baked fresh five or six times daily.

Salzer and company are working to build and open a second Dunkin' Donuts (without an accompanying Baskin Robbins) at 3310 Douglas Ave. That's the northwest corner of Douglas and South streets.

Closings

* The short-lived ABCB Coffee Shop has closed.

It opened at 324 Sixth St. early last September. This spring it moved into the also short-lived Bergie's Restaurant building at 423 Sixth St. The building is now for sale.

* Ron's Tavern, 509 Sixth St., is going on the market.

Transitions

* Elmwood Plaza changed hands again recently, going from one group of Chicago investors to another. The shopping center, which sold for $2.9 million in spring of 2000, most recently sold for $8.5 million.

Imperial Management of Chicago is the new managing agent for the new owners.

The 320,000-square-foot center is now 73 percent occupied, measuring by floor space, Celaya said. The percentage is much greater along the front, 88 percent.

The back /lower level, however, was not built to be handicapped-accessible and is only 58 percent full by square footage.

Imperial Management will try to address the vacancies, including two significant ones along the front.

* The parent company of Racine-based Vibromax America has been acquired by JCB, the largest privately owned construction equipment manufacturer in the world.

JCB bought Vibromax Compaction Equipment, based in Dusseldorf, Germany, and its Racine-based subsidiary, Vibromax America.

Vibromax America, originally spun off from the former Case Corp., is based at 2823 Carlisle Ave. in Fred Young Sr. Industrial Park. It was later bought and became a subsidiary of Vibromax Compaction Equipment.

The local company employs about 15 people here.

The acquisition will be completed in early September, subject to regulatory approvals. The new company will be known as JCB Vibromax and will be managed as part of the JCB Group with local management retained in Germany and North America.

For more information, visit:

http: / /www.vibromax-america.com

From Journal Times staff

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