RACINE — Vero International Cuisine, a Downtown fine-dining establishment, will temporarily close for a major remodeling and expansion that will add a new, second-floor glass-domed seating area.
The work, estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, will be done during the next approximately two months, except for scheduled events. Vero, 211 Sixth St., will close starting Sunday and is expected to reopen April 1.
The project will create a new, 657-square-foot room at the south end of the second floor with a floor-to-ceiling glass dome called a half-round barrel-vault skylight. The dome will include 32 acrylic glass panels set inside bronze aluminum framing and will extend from the floor on the south side across the entire ceiling.
“It will be absolutely exquisite,” Vero General Manager Kim Bourdo stated in a news release. “In the evening, you’ll be able to look up at the stars while you are dining with us inside the restaurant. During the day, beautiful, natural sunlight will flood in.”
Vero’s owner, Dr. Veronica Carver, and her son Tarplah opened the restaurant in December 2012 with a focus on Caribbean and African flavors. They installed a kitchen in the basement to preserve precious first-floor seating space, and use the second floor for special events.
“The growing demand from our customers for corporate events, parties and weddings caused us to look at how to expand in way that allows more people to enjoy an exceptional experience with us,” Bourdo stated.
The remodel will extend throughout the restaurant. The existing second-floor bar will be expanded and, on the first floor, changes will include everything from new floors to new drywall, paint and fixtures. The renovations will expand seating capacity from 120 to 180.
The architectural work was done by ARC Architectural Group and the general contractor is Industrial Construction & Associates, both of Racine.
“Our expansion and remodel, with the beautiful dome on the second floor, will make Vero International like no other restaurant in the area,” stated Carver, a local obstetrician-gynecologist.
The restaurant will continue to be open for scheduled events and parties through the remodel, but will be closed for general dining.
Note: Because of incorrect information given to The Journal Times, the wrong architectural firm was stated in an earlier version of the story. The error has been corrected.