First Known Restaurant at Drexel Town Square Emerges

Brick 3 Pizza, owned by developer Rick Barrett, will have a location on the Main Street area of Drexel Town Square, according to a report.

Community leaders and developers of the Drexel Town Square project have heard loud and clear Oak Creek residents' desire for new restaurants to be part of the development.

On Wednesday, the first known restaurant emerged.

Brick 3 Pizza, a New York-style pizzeria with locations on Old World Third Street and Milwaukee Street in downtown Milwaukee, will have a location on the Main Street area of Drexel Town Square, according Patch's media partners at BizTimes Milwaukee.

The restaurant is owned by Rick Barrett, who is developing the residential portion of the project.

Brick 3 is expected to be one of multiple food options at the development. City officials and developers are hoping to attract more restaurants to the downtown portion as well as on land adjacent to Drexel Avenue and Howell Avenue, on the outskirts of a parking lot for a proposed Meijer store.

"I feel extremely confident there will be a mix of restaurants and a mix of food and beverage opportunities here," developer Blair Williams told Patch in an interview last week.

Wednesday's news is the latest in a busy week for Drexel Town Square, planned for the corner of Drexel and Howell avenues on the former Delphi site.

A public meeting held Monday night at the Oak Creek Community Center drew more than 200 people, many of whom continued to express skepticism over a Meijer store proposed for the site.

Developers also presented an animated video and renderings that provided the best visual to date of what the development will look like. View the video and renderings here.

Dave February 13, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Shocking, another sweetheart deal. One of the main developers gets a spot at a dirt cheap price. And for those wondering, the food at Brick 3 is average at best. I've been to both the other locations and it's not great. Di Carlo, Marcos or Papa Luigis are much, much better options. Brick 3 is equivalent to chain pizza.
JJ McJJ February 13, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Dave, he's developing the apartments. I'm pretty sure he can get 2000 sf for market rate. And Brick 3 is far superior to chain pizza. If you check out their Yelp rating, by actual customers, it's at 4/5. Good NY style pizzas and slices for under $5. It will be a great fit for this community.
Jill February 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
A pizza place, really??? We have plenty of places on Howell alone to get pizza. Still not impressed Oak Creek.
livingintheOC February 13, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I want a Kopps. There I said it.
Be Logical February 13, 2013 at 08:18 PM
The one thing that's blatently obvious about the posts on the Patch...If people are against the Drexel Towne Square development, development in general, or just hate everything about the city in which they claim they live, they go to any length to criticize or complain about any and all proposed businesses who want to come here. What they don't understand, or pretend not to understand, is that the businesses decide where they will locate, and what they will sell. You can hold out some impossible hope that IKEA will build on the corner of Howell and Puetz but that's not a realistic idea. They've been asked, they said no. Retailers and developers are professionals who work in the business, understand market realities, and make the deals happen that eventually results in stores, restaurants, and residences being built, based on their own market studies which tell them where they should locate. Brick3 is a fantastic restaurant, and Oak Creek would be lucky to get them. Competition drives better product, and ultimately better prices....This announcement is great news for Drexel Town Square, great job to all those who made that happen.
Jobodo February 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Dave: Good Job! Why do we not open another bank in OC. Just liike pizza places we are overstocked.
JJ McJJ February 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Then why don't you buy the franchise rights from Mr Kopp, raise the money, and build it yourself. Seeing as there's one less than 10 miles away from this location, I hardly see the need for one here.
Lifelong OC Resident February 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM
How about something a bit more high end yet a chain? Like a PF Changs??
OC MOM February 14, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Another pizza place? I think all oc needs is another bank, and oh wait another church too! So far I am not impressed.
OC Oldtimer February 14, 2013 at 01:21 AM
To Be Logical - you sure have selected the proper name, as you are about the only one who makes any sense. I agree with you completely!! Kudos to those that made this happen. Maybe DiCarlo's will be forced to bring their prices down so people can actually afford them.
jack ryan February 14, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Some people do care what goes in there. It has been presented like Bayshore, Mayfair or Brookfield Square, we do not want it to become Point Loomis. Is there anything like a Meijers at those Malls? Just want them to make the best selection for that space. You will not get another chance for 50 years.
Resident of O.C. Paul February 14, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Point Loomis! Anyone remember what happened to it? Yep, that's right, torn down years ago, just like Southgate mall... One of the first enclosed malls in the midwest. I'm not against the development of the site, I'm just against the speed at which the developers want to build. They want to get phase one done soon so that they can start on phase 2 without seeing that phase 1 has reached a certain occupancy level, and that there is enough interest to start phase 2. What happens if phase 1 is finished, and phase 2 gets started, but phase 1 never goes above 60% capacity? The city will be stuck with a lot of unneeded retail space and residential apartments. Having a plan, an architectural design, and developing the site when more space is needed to the architectural design keeps everything looking like it was meant to be together, and keeps the site from looking hodge podge. The city has to be logical and sensible with this project... Slow and steady development, and having spaces full is a safer course of action than running full steam ahead without potential tenants.
Resident of O.C. Paul February 14, 2013 at 05:30 AM
OC Oldtimer, I was at DiCarlo's recently when 2 employees were talking about the prices, and one mentioned that DiCarlo has not raised prices in a number of years, and that DiCarlo's is one of the best restaurants when it comes to quality and value for the dollar, and I believe it... Dicarlo's has good food for a reasonable price. You know what happens when prices go down, the prices of the ingredients go up, and people expect quality to stay high. eventually the quality suffers, or the prices go up so that the quality ingredients can be purchased. Simple economics.
John Nuck February 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM
The mayor is doing a great job. ~John Nuck
OC Oldtimer February 14, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Paul - what else would you expect the employees to say? I was there one month and the following month the same item was $2.00 higher. Several of my friends no longer go there for that very reason.
Resident of O.C. Paul February 14, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I need to clarify the statement of what I had heard: the employee was talking to one of the regular customers about the prices. I've been to quite a few restaurants around Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties, and I have compared prices for similar dishes on their menus, and I find that quality versus price for some dishes are right in line, and some of Dicarllo's are below those charged at restaurants of the same caliber; so, to me, DiCarllo's is still a good value. Too bad that people like you are going to scoff at a 2 dollar rise in one item on the menu, when the economy is down, food suppliers are raising their prices, forcing the restaurant to raise their prices, and the restaurant is trying to keep the quality of their food at a consistent level, stay in business, and stay in the community. Dicarllo's could easily shut down the restaurant citing that it is no longer financially feasible to stay in business, and leave OC with a vacant building, and put residents out of work. But seeing that I was there last month, on a Wednesday night, and the place was doing a good bit of business, them closing, I couldn't see happening; but just last night I was with a group at Ryan Braun's Graffito... the place was a ghost town, at the most I saw 6 tables occupied the entire time I was there. Mind you, these are my observations, and everyone will have their own experience depending on several conditions (day, weather, distance, how the chef is feeling, etc...).
Jenny February 16, 2013 at 08:13 PM
To briefly string the tangent along...most restaurants of the same caliber as Di Carlos outside of Oak Creek are MUCH more than Di Carlos which is why they have a full house most weekends. We have dined there with Milwaukee area visitors many times and they giggle at the prices and huge portions. The new OC wants interesting, fun restaurants and retail establishments. I am overjoyed that the planners are thinking of those of us that would love to support Oak Creek's economy by dining and shopping in the new town square. I would guess that those that chronically complain about the development are most likely not in the target demographic anyway.
Andy February 17, 2013 at 03:02 AM
So far I think the plan looks awesome.. Love Brick 3.. It is shaping up to be like a bayshore... Just need that Sobleman's NOW.....
Jodi February 19, 2013 at 05:37 PM
DiCarlo isn't exactly high end. If you ever leave the 'burb, you will see that prices are much higher in other metro restaurants, even in chain restaurants. I don't think having an optical in the same building really adds to its "elegance" either. There are no upscale dining establishments in this city, and it's a shame. When I first moved here, I thought it was going to be an up and coming progressive place, but now I am realizing it's filled with a bunch of country bumpkins.
Dee Dee February 21, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I totally agree, Oak Creek has the right mayor for the job. He listens and he acts appropriately.
kld May 16, 2013 at 07:23 PM
OC could use another eating facility, but not pizza. Not saying this place is good or bad because never had it, but maybe a little classier place might be cool. I personally would like to see a a nice salad bar place like Ponderosa like establishment be in there. A steak joint included.
Resident of O.C. Paul May 16, 2013 at 08:12 PM
kid, I agree with you on a steak joint being needed. Oak Creek has a few pizza places, and Italian restaurants, so I can't see any more of them being needed. Something along the lines of The Rafters, which has been closed for the past few years, would be nice.


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