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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.'"

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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