What Should Be Built on the Old Riverbrook/Pig 'n Whistle Property?

After nearly four years, it appears there may soon be some movement at the old site. Have any suggestions; what do you want to see erected on the land?

It has sat vacant since 2008, but village officials and developers could soon have a plan for the property at 1111 E. Capitol Dr.

Formerly the Riverbrook Restaurant, and before that the popular Pig ‘n Whistle, the property was purchased by Sunrise Senior Living Inc. in 2008. The company had planned to build a $16 million senior facility, but they were scrapped due to the recession and decline in the housing market.

and three developers are reportedly very interested in developing retail, apartments or senior housing on the land. The deal also included two aging apartment building south of the lot.

Village officials have said they would like to see when the market improves, but what do you, the resident, want to see come to Shorewood?

Forget about the complicated regulations, the zoning restrictions and everything else that might put a wrench in your business idea. 

Plain and simple: What business do you want in this specific location? Let us know in the comments below.

Jenny Heyden April 14, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I worry that housing that is there is a little bit of a disaster, I think largely because of the location. The housing that is there is not exactly showing up in our Shorewood ads.
Jenny Heyden April 14, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Sorry, Maurice, that wasn't exactly a productive comment. How about another vote for a Pig 'n Whistle. I love the idea of a meeting ground for East/West relations. i miss having a low-key spot besides Benjis and Bakers Square. Outpost has done well, and isn't far. Shorewood has been looking for a place for a seasonal farmer's market. What if we tested some things this summer, like allowed local Victory Garden farmers to sell organic produce there? It's an easy on/off in a car or on a bike - close to Oak Leaf.
CowDung April 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Wow--I guess my "vitriol" must have struck a nerve. Are you still mourning the loss of Open Book as a 'community gathering place' or something?
Cricket April 16, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Oh, please no victory gardens. You can ride down the path and see the one's by urban ecology center. A lot of people are putting them in their yards also and that is enough of an eyesore. As you said, Outpost is right down the road. A farmers market might be nice but that area needs a permanent structure. Shorewood does not need any more meet and greet places, there are enough coffee shops for people that want to chat and have meetings of the mind. A nice normal middle of the road to upscale restaurant/supper club would be nice. Nothing trendy, we have enough of that now. Could have security and entertainment and potentially employee many people. Culvers and Bakers Square as well as much of that surrounding area are really getting tacky, Shorewood is better than that.. They just should have left Riverbrook there. From what I understand the crime is getting pretty blazen in that area also. How about a satellite police depot? I hear we have people dropping over on the bike path from heroin od's. Not good. I fear that our Village, while striving for an eclectic feel is coming off more as schizophrenic. We are one of the few villages with such a vast difference in economic demographics. It seems to be suffering from an identity crisis not knowing which group to cater too.
Michael Marr June 04, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I agree! I was an Eastsider in the early 70s, a new immigrant from the UK, and the old Pig 'N Whistle was like nothing I had ever seen before. There was nothing like that in England, for sure, and I was in Pig Heaven.


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