Smith Brothers Marketplace
Building Renovation
100 Franklin Avenue
Port Washington, WI


The Smith Brother’s building, former home of the historic Smith Brother’s Fish Shanty Restaurant underwent an extensive interior and exterior transformation in 2006.

Design Concept Rendering

After Renovation

Before Renovation

South Side After Renovation

This once tired building has been revitalized, and now  embraces its unique location, capitalizing on both the  lakeside and two street exposures.  The building no longer  has a “back side”, which has increased its curb appeal.  The expanded public access is much more inviting to customers, and the marina/lake views are commanding, making this an appealing location for businesses.  Although the Smith Brother’s Fish Shanty Restaurant no longer exist, the building owners are maintaining the historical namesake.  We anticipate a high-end restaurant, reminiscent of the former restaurant, will once again offer customers memorable dining experiences.

The most prominent changes involved an exterior façade enhancement, and dramatic site improvements.  The new Ipe (Brazilian hardwood) clad boardwalk, extends from Franklin Street around the entire lakeside of the building, and provides opportunities for outdoor dining, access to businesses from the lakeside, casual and scenic walks, as well as ADA accessibility to the entire main level (previously not available).