Book store/coffeehouse/wine bar proceeding in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville

A Black bookstore/coffeehouse and wine bar planned for Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood is moving forward with a proposed sale of the city-owned building.

The two-story, 2,640-square-foot building, at 1937 N. King Drive, is to be sold for $50,000 to book store developer Serendipity & Oak Realty LLC, operated by Cetonia Weston-Roy.

Weston-Roy plans to spend $162,000 to convert the vacant building into Niche Book Bar, according to a new Department of City Development report.

The sale of the building needs Common Council approval. It is to be reviewed at Tuesday’s meeting of the council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee.

Weston-Roy’s proposal first surfaced in August, when the Bronzeville Advisory Committee recommended the project to the council.

Weston-Roy, a locally based author and founder of the Black Authors Collective, told committee members in August that Niche Book Bar will focus on “Black literature and red wine.”

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