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Pepperpot Jamaican restaurant gears up for its Bronzeville opening

February 21, 2022
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Pepperpot, a little carryout Jamaican restaurant and caterer at 41st and Capitol, is about to grow much bigger: A second, dine-in location is opening in Bronzeville.

At 2215 N. King Drive, it will be a full-service restaurant, with a dining room, bar and lounge. Owner and head chef Dwight Jackson will open the second Pepperpot as soon as mid- to late March, with a grand opening set for April 21.

Its decor will be more like a gastropub, he said, with art that evokes Jamaica. Customers entering the restaurant will see large images from Jamaica’s parishes, including St. Catherine, where Jackson was raised.

“We want everybody to be comfortable in the space,” he said.

The new restaurant represents a significant investment in an increasingly vibrant area of Milwaukee. To help finance the project, Jackson received an $800,000 loan from the Northwest Side Community Development Corp. That’s with support from Bader Philanthropies, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Commercial Corridor Team of the Milwaukee Department of City Development.

The long, narrow building, which dates to 1929 in city records, previously was a Gee’s Clippers; the barbershop moved to a larger building nearby, at 2200 N. King Drive, five years ago.

Besides a dining room, the new restaurant will have a 14-seat bar and a lounge area where diners can have cocktails and appetizers. A semiprivate space at the back of the restaurant could be reserved for business meetings and other gatherings of up to 16 people.

The main part of the restaurant will seat about 50 people.