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Food Wagon Owner Coming Back for Seconds

Craig Mengeling tweaked his original proposal to open a food catering business at a historic farmhouse and will return to the city's Planning Commission next week.

The idea of food wagons circling Greenfield, or at least parking and occasionally setting up shop at a historic farmhouse, isn't dead yet.

Craig Mengeling's newest proposal to turn the farmhouse at 5225 W. Forest Home Ave. into a catering office and auxiliary kitchen for his food wagons now includes revisions and a scaled-back version of what he originally suggested he wanted to do at the location.

Last month, the Common Council took no action on Mengeling's proposal mostly because there were too many concerns and unanswered questions, including those about parking and the aesthetic appeal of the wagons parked on the property.

Mengeling told Greenfield NOW one of the wagons he planned on storing on the site would now be stored on a farm in Franklin and that he has taken care of parking concerns by making arrangements with a local church.

When Mengeling originally brought his idea to the Planning Commission over the summer, he indicated that served fish boils and fried chicken.

That second phase is only briefly mentioned in the revised proposal, which is scheduled to be reviewed by the Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, at City Hall.

Lee October 06, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The planning commission needs to really look again at their proposals. They already were parking their "historic looking log-cabin wagons" on the property......ugh. Their ideas bounce from one thing to another. I don't see a real "business plan" here other than to have someplace to house those wagons and perhaps serve food from them on the property. Another bad idea.
KHD October 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Those wagons are not ugly at all, they are kind of cool. What better way to bring attention to a Historic landmark. I hope the planning commission gives them the go ahead. Good luck.
Lee October 06, 2012 at 10:46 PM
KHD you seem to be the only one I that I know who has seen these who thinks those wagons are cool, which is your right. But, even the article talks about their aesthetic appeal. A neighbor already complained about them when they were parked in full view. Their log cabins don't fit the rest of their haphazard ideas, so what connection to the farm house is there? A Door county fish boil & outdoor chicken restaurant? I still don't think so.
JustMe October 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Bad idea

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