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Vero International Cuisine, 211 6th St., will shutdown temporarily for general restaurant seating starting Sunday as the restaurant owners plan to expand its second floor.

General manager Kim Bourdo said work will begin on remodeling the second floor, which has been used for events.

“The growing demand from our customers for corporate events, parties and weddings caused us to look at how to expand in ways that allow more people to enjoy an exceptional experience with us,” Bourdo said. “Vero International Cuisine’s owner, Dr. Veronica Carver, decided to take a visionary step with the expansion design.”

Crews will start working on installing a floor to ceiling glass dome on the second floor. The feature is called a “half round barrel vault skylight,” which uses 32 acrylic glass panels that are set inside a bronze aluminum frame.

“It will be absolutely exquisite,” says Bourdo. “In the evening, you’ll be able to look up at the stars while you are dining with us inside the restaurant. During the day, beautiful, natural sunlight will flood in.”

Plans include remodeling the restaurant as well. The bar on the second floor will be expanded. New floors, drywall, paint and fixtures are also in the works. Vero International Cuisine provides an upscale African fusion theme, but it too will be refreshed to incorporate the new elements and refresh exiting ones.

Once the remodeling project is completed in April, the seating capacity will increase from 120 to 180 people.

“We have a unique restaurant in beautiful downtown Racine and we already attract guests from this region,” said Vero International Cuisine owner Dr. Veronica Carver. “Our expansion and remodel, with the beautiful dome on the second floor will make Vero International like no other restaurant in the area.”

While the general restaurant area will be closed until April 1, it will still be open for scheduled events and parties.

Racine’s Industrial Construction and Associates is the architect.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.