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A modern Italian restaurant is slated to open in the space that housed Mimma's Cafe. (PHOTO: Mimma's)

Former Mimma's Cafe on Brady Street will be reborn as Dorsia

According to information gleaned this afternoon, the former Mimma's Cafe at 1307 E. Brady St. is slated to reopen sometime this spring as a restaurant called Dorsia.

When Jeno and Lorenzo Cataldo purchased the property last fall, there was much speculation about what was coming to the space, which had been long-time staple on Brady Street.

But during a conversation this afternoon, Jeno Cataldo confirmed that the new restaurant will continue to pay tribute for the Italian cuisine for which Mimma's was well known.

Cataldo says the restaurant is likely to be called Dorsia. It's a name he admits is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the movie "American Psycho," in which protagonist Patrick Bateman was plagued by his inability to get reservation at the fictional restaurant of the same name.

"I get a kick out of quirky," says Cataldo. "But I also see it as a tribute. In the '90s, Mimma's was a hard place to get into. You had to wait four hours for a dish of pasta. It was a popular place. So it makes sense."

In that spirit, Cataldo says the plan is for Dorsia to offer affordable Italian dishes (under $20), as well as a fine Italian wine selection. Cataldo has hired a chef (as yet unnamed) with extensive experience in Italian cuisine to design the new menu for the restaurant.

"We want it to be a neighborhood place where people can visit once a week," he says.

Currently, demolition has begun on the restaurant, which will undergo cosmetic work as well as a modernization of the interior, including relocating the bar.

"We're giving it a facelift," says Cataldo, "and we're envisioning what a place like Mimma's would be if it opened in 2017. I'm very proud and excited about this."

Talkbacks

Otto | Jan. 12, 2017 at 12:19 a.m. (report)

Good to hear it's going to stay Italian.

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