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Italian Restaurant To Open In Former La Terraza Building

Owners of Sadie's say they plan to open by the end of February.

The qualifications of Laurel Red Cloud to open an Italian restaurant can hardly be questioned: a second-generation restaurateur, born of Sicilian parents and involved in the business since childhood.

She will do just that in Oak Creek with Sadie's, a new Italian restaurant that will open in the former La Terraza building, 9454 S. Howell Ave.

Red Cloud and her husband, Robert Penny, plan to open by the end of the month. Customers will see pastas, steaks, seafood, salads and sandwiches among the items on the menu, along with made-from-scratch sauces, dressings and soups.

"We're excited for people to come in and try our food," Red Cloud said. "We're going to be introducing some unique things to the area."

Red Cloud described Sadie's, which will open every day at 11 a.m., as "upscale casual." She also plans to introduce breakfast items on the weekends.

Red Cloud and Penny used to eat at La Terraza, which closed last summer. They always liked the location at the corner of Howell Avenue and Ryan Road and the gazebo feature on the west side of the building. After seeing it close, Red Cloud made a phone call and got to work.

"We were looking for a good location for a nice little Italian (restaurant), traditional but with a twist," she said.

She and Penny previously owned Lisa Marie's Cafe in Wauwatosa. In January, they announced they were closing that restaurant and opening the Italian eatery in Oak Creek. They are leasing space from the building's owner, whom Red Cloud declined to name but is listed in city records as Zegneli Investments 1 LLC.

Red Cloud and Penny have been busy renovating the inside of the space, which will continue in the next few weeks with new painting and carpeting. Exterior renovations will be done when the weather gets warmer in the spring, Red Cloud said.

Red Cloud has been in and out of the business her whole life and knows a thing or two about Italian cooking. In 1957, her parents and aunt and uncle opened an Italian restaurant near Oakland Avenue and Locust Street in Milwaukee and ran it successfully until the mid-1980s.

Red Cloud said she is looking forward to bringing her family recipes and years of experience to the city.

"We're excited to serve Oak Creek," she said. "We're about incredible food and awesome service and people just feeling comfortable and welcome.

"We want people to come in here and eat our food and not say, 'Oh, it was good.' We want them to saw 'Wow, this is great.'"

Patriot February 18, 2013 at 01:44 PM
NICE!!! I just hope her prices are reasonable as compared to Di Carlos!!!! Love the food at Di Carlos but not a place I frequent often as they are quite pricy!!
Tpom February 18, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Why would they put another italian place in? We have DiCarlo's, La Toscano, Mike La Susa's (which is awesome prices and fantastic food!), The Dish, Noodles, Mama Angie's, and all the Derango's and such in the area. Crazy that they wouldn't choose something we don't already have :(
Jenny February 18, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Sadie's...cute name! Can't wait to try it out. It will be wonderful to have a restaurant that’s just around the corner. It's refreshing to see a business in such a visible and well traveled corner of our town that needs a little make over. Best of luck to you!
oak creek resident February 18, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Tpom...I do not agree with you at all. You act like all the restaurants you named are on top of each other, and they are not. There are very few "family" owned restaurants in Oak Creek. Most are owned by corporations and their food taste like it. I have eaten at some of the restaurants that you say are so good and have not gone back, i.e. hair in the food. I look forward to eating at Sadies, and have a hunch I will be a regular customer. I wish them all the best!
oak creek resident February 18, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I wonder if they will have carry-outs?
vocal local 1 February 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM
look at the sign in the picture...
vocal local 1 February 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM
just a stupid business idea. way too many italian joints and quality ones at that. the space will be vacant again in 6 months.
ConcernedCitizen February 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Pizza? I miss Zappa's and would rather buy from a small business rather than a chain pizza maker..... What happened to Zappa's anyway? (Used to be Infusinos on the corner of 27th & Ryan)
Kevin R Martin February 19, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Sadie's: Welcome to Oak Creek. I look forward to visiting the restaurant.
me February 19, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Red Cloud? Native American/ Italian? Place won't last. Closed a great Mexican restaurant to over saturate the Italian food market.
vocal local 1 February 19, 2013 at 09:06 AM
PLUS, I sure hope they paint the building. Also, Planning needs to approve a variance so they have a huge sign capable of being seen from the air. Maybe they'll draw from the airport if the lights are bright enough. I personally don't like all the big signs we see all over OC. looks pretty dumpy to me not at all classy. The search for revenue by planning seems to be the rationale. We really don't need another Italian restaurant to compete with the diseased dead and dying now do we? Best of luck to the owners, my comments are not personal. Perhaps their food will be better. Why did they close up their other joint?
Anthony February 19, 2013 at 02:23 PM
I too miss Zappa's! That was by far my favorite pizza in the town. Now I settle for Marco's which is good, but not Zappa's good. The only chain pizza place that I will order from is Papa John's. I was a big fan of La Tereza, it seemed to do good enough business; not too sure why they left! It's hard to find a Mexican restaurant you really like and my girlfriend and I both fell in love with LT. It's missed. The rest we've tried just ain't the same. As far as another Italian joint coming to town.... I don't mind it. As stated, we like DiCarlos a lot, but it's very pricey, so if Sadi's is as good and a little cheaper, that's a win. We have yet to try Mike La Susa's, but we should as I continue to hear nothing but good things about that place! We will check out Sadie's, best of luck!
rodbuster rich February 19, 2013 at 03:56 PM
hopefully they will have a tradtional sicilian bar with some real espressos and capuccinos. wouldnt hurt to have canniloni either.
OCer February 19, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Might want to do some checking on her business background and delinquencies before praising her "qualifications". I applaud them for trying to open a restaurant in an existing building (albeit a dilapidated one) instead of new construction, but I give it until September before it closes. No need for more mediocre pizza or Italian in town. Sign gives it a real generic look.
Jim February 19, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Who is "They" you speak of Tpom? Surely you're not speaking of the landlord, since it is their decision whom to lease their space to. All the comments about over-saturation are misguided. What if they turn out to be 5-star delicious with outstanding service? What if fewer people visit the others you name to go here and stick with it? This is America. The land of opportunity. If they fail it would not be that there are too many Italian restaurants, it will be food quality, service, lack of promotion, high prices et al. I wish them only the best and guarantee I will give them a try!
vocal local 1 February 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM
What we do need is a good Italian sausage sandwich like the one the Red Key used to serve.
livingintheOC February 20, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Man there are some negative people here. They haven't even opened yet! I move to Milwaukee almost 20 years ago from New England and I was used to saying it funny how there are a million Italian restaurants back home but there are almost none in Milwaukee. Then I move down to Oak Creek and find several. I the larger Milwaukee area has too much of something it's Mexican places. Ask yourself why there are already a bunch of Italian places around here? Because people like that thing around here(at least the "old guard" does). Personally I like every kind of food and would like to see one of each(Indian, Japanese, Chinese, French...). Look at the the Thai place on Puetz and Howell.
Indeh2 February 22, 2013 at 04:03 PM
A new Italian food spot on Howell & Ryan..kool!! With a native person involved too! Double Kool!! After all, that's where Italy (and the rest of the world) got their tomatoes...from the Native Americans... not to mention the potato, most squash, and has anyone ever heard of corn? Way to go Sadie's!!! Best of luck to you and your establishment!!
Yessir February 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I hope they still show telenovelas in the dining room. That was the best thing about La Terraza.
Ellie Strmsek February 27, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Red Key pizza bomber was such a big draw to all of us GM employees back in the day! May that success continue! Remember all of us GM employees still keep the economy going! Have specials for us old timers and you will be rewarded with lots of word of mouth business!! Much success!

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