Earlier this week, OnMilwaukee was first to report that Jeno and Lorenzo Cataldo purchased the building that houses the neighborhood's iconic Italian restaurant, Mimma’s Cafe, 1307 E. Brady St.
The brothers, who also own Jo-Cat’s Pub next door, met with Girolama "Mimma" Megna, the owner of Mimma’s, to discuss what she wanted to do with the restaurant she opened in 1988.
"We left it up to her and she chose to retire," says Jeno Cataldo. "We are excited about the possibilities but also very sad to see her go. Mimma was responsible for helping to transition Brady Street and change the tone in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s."
Cataldo says he’s been approached by a few people who've inquired about leasing the space, and, although that’s a possibility, he and Lorenzo are still deciding if they want to open their own Italian restaurant. The brothers’ family owned Cataldo’s – which was also on Brady Street at 815 E. Brady St. – for 40 years.
"We are considering opening a modern take on an Italian family restaurant, but with a very Brady Street feel to it," says Cataldo. "Good food, good wine and nothing over $20. The kind of place you could go to once a week, not once a month."
Cataldo says they will make a decision by early November, and Mimma’s will close by the end of the year.
"We didn’t think it would happen this quickly, but we respect her wishes and will help make sure she goes out the way she deserves," says Cataldo. "Mimma has been very, very gracious and classy throughout this process."
Before Mimma’s shutters, Cataldo encouraged people to have a final meal at the 28-year-old restaurant.
"There aren’t many places like Mimma’s left," says Cataldo. "I’d love to see anyone who ever had a good meal at Mimma’s to pop in one more time to enjoy it. And then stop at Jo-Cat’s for a nightcap."
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.