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New restaurant coming to Brady Street.
New restaurant coming to Brady Street.

Brady Street welcomes La Masa Empanada Bar

La Masa Empanada Bar will soon open on Brady Street in the former World of Beer location, 1300 E. Brady St. 

The four partners behind the venture are Brad Todd, owner of Stubby's Gastropub, his sister Megan Todd, and Scott and Becky Berger, founders of Yo Mama frozen yogurt shops.

La Masa – which means "dough" in Spanish – will specialize in made-from-scratch, oven-baked empanadas using Latin American-inspired dough. Dishes will feature primarily Wisconsin-sourced ingredients.

"The menu is inspired by several traditional international recipes, and will also
offer a rotating selection of empanadas using contemporary ingredients," says Brad Todd.

The menu will also offer an assortment of artisan sandwiches and salads, as well as hot and cold a la carte Items. Craft beer, cocktails, wine, soft drinks and espresso will also be available.

La Masa is scheduled to open in July. Food will be available for dine in, take out or delivery.

"The atmosphere will be inviting yet energetic," says Todd.

Big eats at Biggie Subs.
Big eats at Biggie Subs.
Rita Hill and helpers.
Rita Hill and helpers.

The cheapest brats and subs in town?

Husband-and-wife team Rita and Al Hill opened Biggie Subs & Deli Shop, 6602 W. Lisbon Ave., on April 1. The sandwich shop is their first restaurant.

"I always did catering for parties and cooked for family," says Rita. "I finally looked into having a place of our own and here we are."

Biggie’s specializes in Johnsonville brats and sausages and has different types available daily. The cost is $1. The shop also offers "build-you-own colossal subs" featuring up to fours types of meat, four cheeses and unlimited condiments for $2.50.

Other sandwich offerings will fluctuate including sloppy joes, all-beef hotdogs, chili dogs, chicken and tuna salad and more.

The Hills grew up on the Northwest Side of Milwaukee, have been together for 15 years – married for 13 – and have two grown sons. Currently, they live in the Washington Park neighborhood.

For now, Biggie’s sandwiches are available for carry-out only, but eventually the business will offer online ordering and delivery service.

"My husband is a big guy – which is where the name comes from – and he wanted our sandwiches to be big," says Rita. "Our customers see more meat than bread."

John and Jamie Vassallo will open a new venture - but without the good "Mo's" name this time.
John and Jamie Vassallo will open a new venture - but without the good "Mo's" name this time.

Mo's owners plan for Pomodoro Pizzeria

Milwaukee restaurateur John Vassallo – aka "Johnny V" – will co-open Pomodoro Pizzeria and Pub at 717 N. Planktinton Ave. in the former Mo’s Cocina space.

Vassallo, along with his brother Jamie Vassallo, plans to open the new venture in August or September of 2015. The bar and restaurant will focus on Wisconsin products, including pizzas made from locally-sourced cheese and 18 or more Wisconsin beers on tap.

Vassallo is the owner of Mo's Irish Pub as well as other eateries with the "Mo" name. This will be Vassallo's eighth restaurant.

"Looking forward to working on this with my brother, Jamie. He’s going to do an amazing job," says Vassallo, just one day after National Sibling Day.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for more information when it becomes available.

"The community needs this badly," says Bradley Blaeser of The Green Team.
"The community needs this badly," says Bradley Blaeser of The Green Team.

Community garden project seeks support

The Green Team of WI and Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association have embarked on a pro bono community garden project and will soon develop a new community garden at 27th and Richardson, near Downtown Milwaukee.

"The project benefits the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and the surrounding residents by providing a place to grow healthy food in the heart of the city, along with learning and play spaces for families," says Green team’s Bradley Blaeser. "But first, we need donations and volunteers."

Construction will take place during the month of April and volunteers are needed to work on specified days and tasks. Products and monetary contributions are also being collected. The organizations are also seeking a business to provide a bobcat with an auger and operator on April 20 to pre-drill fence post holes.

To sign up to help, go here or contact the Green Team at (414) 721-1431 or info@greenteamwi.com with questions.

"The community needs this badly. The street is full of ‘we buy gold’ stores, payday loan shops, fast food, dollar stores, bars and many vacancies," says Blaeser. "The space will give a great 70-year old organization more exposure. It will allow them to lock down that space as a good space for the business improvement district in that area."