By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Apr 08, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Azmi Alaeddin is opening a new restaurant inside the Downtown Milwaukee Intermodal Station, 433 W. St. Paul Ave.

It will be a sister restaurant to his Aladdin Tastes of the East at Milwaukee Public Market. Alaeddin, chef and owner of Aladdin -- Tastes of the East, has been cooking and baking his specialty foods in Milwaukee for more than 15 years.

In January 2008, I blogged about the need for coffee and dining options at Milwaukee's new $15.8 million Amtrak Depot / Intermodal Facility. Since then, the state and Downtown Ald. Robert J. Bauman have worked to secure a tenant. Ultimately, it was the entrepreneurial Alaeddin who stepped up.

Alaeddin is still fleshing out his full concept and working to partner with a local coffee vendor, too. He hopes to open this summer.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.