By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jan 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Mazen Muna is expanding his hot dog empire in Milwaukee, as work has begun on Dogg Haus Cathedral Square, 790 N. Jefferson St.

The eatery will be the fifth area location for Dogg Haus, and the second Downtown. Muna’s other Downtown location is at 318 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Build-out in a Joel Lee-owned owned space around the corner from his Cathedral Place building has begun, and Muna says he anticipates opening in "late March or early April," but that he’d love to be open in time for St. Patrick’s Day. 

Muna was approached by Mike Vitucci, owner of neighboring Belmont Tavern (Whiskey Bar, Caffrey’s and Murphy’s).  The two share business ideas and promotions at their Marquette locations, so Vitucci recommended Muna develop a slightly more upscale Doug Haus for East Town.  Both agreed it would benefit the neighborhood’s daytime and late night traffic.  

Dogg Haus Cathedral Square will feature a different look, with granite counters. There will also be beer by the bottle and an expanded menu of Vienna Beef products, along with the Dogg Haus' signature veggie dog that’s become a favorite for many vegetarians.   

"It’s a great neighborhood," says Muna.  "It’s one of my favorite, and we’re excited to be a part of it."  

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.

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