Jeno and Lorenzo Cataldo, the owners of Jo-Cats Pub, 1113 E. Brady St., bought the building next door that houses Mimma’s, an Italian restaurant that opened in 1988.
Girolama "Mimma" Megna sold the building to investors a couple of years ago, but continued to lease the restaurant space. She also lives in the building.
Jeno says what’s next is up to Megna.
"She is important and integral to Brady Street," says Jeno. "The ball is in her court."
Jeno says he plans to meet with Megna next week to discuss options. "If she wants to stay, wonderful, but if she wants to retire, that’s fine, too," says Jeno. "We have some ideas for the space if it becomes available."
The Cataldo family ran a Brady Street restaurant, called Cataldo’s, in the current Bosley’s On Brady, 815 E. Brady St., for 40 years.
"I grew up in the restaurant business," says Jeno.
The Cataldo brothers also own numerous East Side and Brady Street properties.
"I've never been more excited about a transaction than this one," says Jeno. "I’ve spent my entire life standing on Brady Street porches, and so much time standing on Jo-Cat’s porch, looking at that building and wondering if we could ever own it. I feel like we now have the ‘Park Place’ and ‘Boardwalk' of Brady Street."
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.