A Greendale athletics-themed pub and eatery in the Village Center is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The Planning Commission unanimously voted Wednesday night to recommend the Village Board approve the Panther Pub and Eatery application.
The restaurant, planned for the former Associated Bank on Broad Street, will fit about 95 people and will include a 40-person outdoor dining patio.
While the restaurant requested the maximum allowable hours of operation, commissioners recommended hours to be similar to competing Village Center restaurants, Ricardo’s Pizza and Bartolotta’s Joey Gerard. Owner Mike Drilling agreed. Village staff will come back to the Board with a recommendation on hours of operation once they confirm the other restaurants' open times.
The restaurant plans to employ between 40 and 50 employees, with full- and part-time positions.
Parking needs will be satisfied by the existing parking in the Village Center, as well as, the Municipal Parking Lot on Parking Street.
Drilling said in August that the restaurant is scheduled to open next summer.
As a Greendale High School graduate and eight-year assistant baseball coach, Drilling wants this restaurant to be a source of fundraising for various Greendale non-profits and athletics.
Drilling said the menu would be simple with good and consistent food.
The Village Board will review the recommendation at a meeting on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.