Milton Avenue set to get Avenue Grill
Photo by Bill Olmsted
JANESVILLE A new chapter in the restaurant history of Milton Avenue will begin later this year or early next.
Sadri Shabani plans to open Avenue Grill at 2020 Milton Ave., the former home of Ponderosa Steakhouse.
Ponderosa closed in August after 39 years of business in Janesville.
Shabani bought the building in September and started renovations that will include a bar.
"It will be a family restaurant and bar," he said. "It will be American cuisine, everything from eggs and omelets to sandwiches and steaks."
Shabani said the restaurant would be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year.
"We're totally remodeling it, putting in a bar and closing off the kitchen to save on heat," he said.
He said that because the restaurant will be open 16 hours a day, he would have a staff of 20 to 25 people.
Some of those will be former Ponderosa employees, he said.
Ponderosa closed when its lease expired with the property's owner, who is selling the building to Shabani on a land contract.