Café Corazón ready for opening in Bay View
A building that was once seen as an eyesore has been transformed and will open next week as Café Corazón, a popular Mexican restaurant that has served hungry customers for years in Riverwest, Alderman Tony Zielinski said.
Café Corazón’s owners, George and Wendy Mireles, have tentatively scheduled the restaurant’s grand opening for Thursday, February 11, Alderman Zielinski said.
The renovation and transformation of the location (2394 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) – known as the old Johnnie’s Club Carnival in Bay View – is “astounding,” Alderman Zielinski said.
“There were a few proposals for the location, including an offer to put just $10,000 worth of repairs so that it could open as a bar,” the alderman said. “I said ‘no’ to that proposal and was soon approached by George and Wendy, who have invested more than $500,000 to renovate the building and have now added another jewel to Bay View and the Business Improvement District #44 along S. Kinnickinnic Ave.”
George Mireles, who has 20 years of experience in construction, said it was by far “the most challenging renovation” he’s ever undertaken.
“It was worth it and I think (the renovations) turned out great, and I think the neighborhood will be quite happy with what we’ve done,” Mr. Mireles said.
“I want to thank Alderman Zielinski for his assistance and for his patience in waiting for our proposal to come his way,” Mr. Mireles said. “He clearly wanted a better establishment to come in, and in my humble opinion I believe that is what we have here.”


I just made a phone call looking for an update on one of my irons in the fire, so to speak. This is a project I have been working on for over a year and now it is coming to fruition. I have some great news. A new company called Bay View Lumber will be taking the city’s waste wood and manufacturing it into usable products here in Bay View. Previously, the city was paying to ship this wood outside the city. Sometime after the first of the year we will be releasing specific details with pictures. You the people in our district are the first to learn of this exciting initiative that is environmentally friendly, saves taxpayer dollars and creates manufacturing jobs!

Tony Zielinski




Statement from Alderman Tony Zielinski

December 21, 2015
Legislation proposed by state Rep. Michael Schraa (Oshkosh) to house certain sex offenders at the former Ethan Allen School for Boys in Delafield, Wisconsin is worth pursuing, and I am preparing Common Council legislation seeking to support the proposal.
As we wrestle with seemingly never-ending issues involving housing and relocating sex offenders, in my view it makes sense to take a serious look at housing offenders at the Ethan Allen facility, which has been vacant since the summer of 2011.
It makes sense that we look at locating these offenders away from neighborhoods, away from potential victims, and away from playgrounds and schools. A secure and remote location such as Ethan Allen would be a perfect place – in my opinion – to house these individuals.
I will be urging my colleagues to support my Council legislation in support of Rep. Schraa’s bill.


By next year, the goal is to have 1,200 officers wearing the cameras while on the streets. According to the policy, cameras will not be recording all the time.


Officers will turn off the cameras when they face situations like when they’re talking to sexual assault victims. They also have the option to turn them off when they’re doing traffic control for a fire, crime scene, or a crash. Also, witnesses can request the officer stop recording before giving a statement.


Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski said, “It’s going to protect the police, it’s going to protect the residents, it’s going to save taxpayer money in the long run. It’s just one of those initiatives that’s a winner all the way around. I really don’t see any downside to this whatsoever.”





I provided testimony to the court earlier today (October 6, 2015) requesting the court not place Clint Rhymes in our district at 1124 E Van Beck. The court thus ordered the state to find another location outside of our area. We were in this predicament due to the state requesting the court allow them to place this individual in our area.


The state needed to go before the court for this placement due to the Serious Sex Offender Residency Restriction Ordinance I passed last year.
Prior to last year the state could place any serious sex offender wherever they wanted in the city limits of Milwaukee. Since we were one of the very few communities in the county that did not have such an ordinance our numbers of these sex offenders were going up in relation to the suburbs.


I am still working on this issue as the state has been going to the court attempting to get placement which is in violation of our city ordinances.


My next fundraiser is at the Historic Avalon Theater! On Monday, September 21st from 5PM-11:00PM. Each $30 ticket purchased will get you one free drink ticket, one movie ticket, pizza buffet and popcorn. Any additional drinks etc. would be cash. There also will be music. Since there will be limited space please RSVP to Please make personal checks payable to Citizens for T Anthony Zielinski. The mailing address is 2463 S Superior St., Milwaukee, WI 53207. I look forward to seeing you there!




Today, September 9 2015 the city’s Public Works Committee unanimously approved my composting pilot program!
In the coming months more information will be coming out relating to how people can sign up for this voluntary pilot composting program. This will be a weekly curbside collection service which will be the first of its kind in the history of the city. Bay View and the East Side are the two areas for the pilot program.
I have been working on this legislation for over six months. As a result of our efforts the Department of Public Works and the Department of Neighborhood Services supported this pilot program.
It is critical that the city get aggressive about diverting waste into our landfill. Perhaps as much as 21% of our solid waste disposal is comprised of compostable food waste.
Meanwhile, people are free to email me at to be signed up to get more information about participating. Please include name, address and email.

Faust Building Development

Faust_0850July 20th marked the most recent neighborhood meeting for the Faust Building Development, and it seems a productive compromise has finally been reached.

A little background: property owner, Mikko Erkamaa, had originally purchased the long vacant Faust Building with the hope of obtaining a historic preservation credit. The building did not qualify, however, and upon deeper excavation of the site, it was determined that its structure and facade were beyond restoration. In addition, Erkamaa was not allowed to retain any reference to the former Faust Music or Faust Drum Center as per a condition of purchase. The exploration of options for redevelopment of the space into a multihousing complex led to six neighborhood meetings and several redesigns by architect Joel Agaki and Dermond Properties. With guidance from the Department of City Development and after taking into account several suggestions and concerns raised by Bay View community members, this final design is a more subtle blend into the neighboring commercial spaces.  Continue reading

Proposed Curbside Compost Collection for Bay View

Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski, whose district covers much of Bay View, is no stranger to repurposing the unwanted. It was Zielinski who first proposed cheese brine as a substitute for road salt. That experiment proved successful, but after transportation costs ran too high, the city undertook a method to produce its own brine.

Now, the alderman is looking to pilot a curbside composting program in his South Side neighborhood. 

In fact, he says, “it’s high time the city of Milwaukee gets started in the compost collection business.”  Read more here


From Twelve12 Hospitality, the ownership group of Crafty Cow in Oconomowoc, comes Bumstead Provisions, a new shopping, dining and bar experience in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.  Bumstead will revive the classic small town general store aesthetic while serving the most popular craft brews and a unique dining experience akin to deli-meets-bistro. Diners will enjoy a rustic atmosphere and opportunities to dine and drink while they shop. The small grocery will feature an eclectic mix of spreads, oils, sauces, chocolates and more while the deli will serve up some of the finest meats and cheeses in the area.  Continue reading

Milwaukee’s Bay View Neighborhood Gets a New Bed and Breakfast

Published in the Milwaukee Business Journal: “The opening of The Muse Gallery Guesthouse on April 10 is another example of how residents of Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood continue to leverage the area’s social popularity and geographic location to spur economic growth. It is the newest bed and breakfast located in the area, and the type of business focused on tourism that Bay View had not previously permitted in its immediate area …” read the full story here

Developers are bullish on Bay View

The Kinnickinnic Avenue corridor in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood continues to gain momentum as developers are planning a pair of major apartment projects.

“KK is a very hot area,” said Alderman Tony Zielinski, who represents Bay View. “Success begets more success. The cat’s out of the bag: this is a great place to live.”  

The most noteworthy project planned on or near KK is a $40 million redevelopment project with 307 market rate apartments planned by a joint venture of Milwaukee-based WiRED Properties and Indianapolis-based Milhaus Development …..       Read the full article here