Proposed Canopy night club hits snag
Plans for the Canopy night club and café on Williamson Street are still taking shape, but the café part has been put on the back burner, according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Under plans originally developed by Austin Carl, who has signed a lease to operate the 6,000-square-foot space at 924 Williamson St., it was to become a coffee shop by day and a bar and nightclub by night with DJs or live music three times a week.
However, since the café/coffee shop has to be considered by a different city committee than the night club, plans have been put on hold. The same is true of future plans to renovate the upstairs portion for martial arts, fitness, dance, and other classes.
Carl wants to open the night club by Jan. 18, but that would require a provisional license from the city’s Alcohol License Review Committee. The committee is expected to consider Carl's application at its Jan. 15 meeting.
A neighborhood meeting was held Jan. 8, with Steve Felland representing Carl, but neighbors would like to slow down the review process so they can hear directly from Carl.
The building’s landlord is former state lawmaker Chuck Chvala. It once housed Plan B, which changed its name to Prism Dance Club. Prism closed late last year.