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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."

5 Hearts Boutique will soon announce a large closing sale on its Facebook page.
5 Hearts Boutique will soon announce a large closing sale on its Facebook page.

5 Hearts Boutique closing soon

After five years in business, 5 Hearts Boutique, 153 N. Milwaukee St., is closing.

Mother-and-daughter team Kelly and Mary Jo Mansell opened the women’s clothing and gift boutique in 2010.

"I have sincerely enjoyed meeting and getting to know each and every one of our customers," says Kelly. "My family is growing, however, and I'm excited to share that my husband and I have a second new baby on the way this year. As a result, I am sad to say I have decided to close Five Hearts and put all of my time and effort into raising both of our little ones."

5 Hearts Boutique will have a going-out-of-business sale in the near future. Check the Facebook page for more information.

The Thirsty Duck's lanes will be similar to the lanes at Koz's Mini Bowl.
The Thirsty Duck's lanes will be similar to the lanes at Koz's Mini Bowl.

The Thirsty Duck promises pizza, duck-pin bowling

Good news for duck pin bowling / Koz’s Mini Bowl fans. Brothers Mark and Dan Zierath are opening a six-lane duck pin bowling alley and restaurant called The Thirsty Duck in what is now Pitch’s Baby Grand, 11320 W. Bluemound Rd.

Pitch’s will remain open through April and Dan says they will renovate the space and open on June 15.

"It’s all moving very quickly," says Dan.

The Zieraths also own both Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pubs, 11302 W. Bluemound Rd. and 1203 N. 10th St.

The Tosa-based Jackson’s is steps away from the future Thirsty Duck. Chef Jose Rodriguez, the current chef at Jackson’s, will also run the kitchen at The Thirsty Duck. The menu will focus on gourmet pizza and chicken.

"We will eventually offer a delivery service," says Dan.

According to Dan, Justin Koz, the owner of Koz’s Mini Bowl, 2078 S. 7th St., has been instrumental in helping to recreate similar duck pin lanes that will also feature human pinsetters.

"I’ve been going to Koz’s for 12 years," says Dan. "We’re really looking forward to offer more duck pin bowling in the Milwaukee area."