Looking for quick, delicious, and easy-to-digest Milwaukee restaurant news? Look no further. Tuesday morning at a Licenses Committee meeting, three notable restaurants were given the green light—all of them on Brady Street. Expect these new ventures to open soon…
Work is already underway to turn the former Waterford Wine Company at 1327 E. Brady St. into a bar and restaurant called St. Bibiana (or St. Bibi for short).
At Tuesday’s meeting, owner Jeno Cataldo explained that St. Bibi will be a farm-to-table restaurant that will use high-end ingredients, similar to his other Brady Street venture, Dorsia. “We’re very familiar with the street,” Cataldo said. (Cataldo’s family also operates Jo-Cats Pub on Brady Street.) Cataldo also said that he plans to open St. Bibi for breakfast at 9 or 10 a.m. “I think there’s a void that needs to be filled on that street, and I think we can do it,” he said.
“So not a pre-work breakfast?” asked Licenses Committee chair Nik Kovac.
“If we can get that crowd, we’re going to go there,” Cataldo replied.
The hearing concluded with a brief history lesson on the namesake of St. Bibi, who is the patron saint of hangovers. The business is expected to open this summer.
The wonderfully addressed 1234 E. Brady St. has seen a lot of activity lately. Longtime occupant Brady Street Hardware closed its doors there in 2015; a year later, Harry’s On Brady took its place. Last month, Harry’s closed its doors, and a new business, Pete’s Pub, was announced for the space.
Owner and namesake Peter Marshall said Pete’s Pub will be a “restaurant with a British edge to it,” and that it will serve “American pub food with British flair.” He noted that the bar and restaurant will be open Saturday and Sunday mornings later in the year for soccer and rugby.
“You called it ‘soccer’ in deference to our language,” Kovak joked.
“I know your audience,” laughed Marshall, who formerly owned Jack’s American Pub on Brady Street.
But what about the distinctive silver saw sign outside the building? The sign survived the transition from Brady Street Hardware to Harry’s, and it will survive the latest transition, Marshall said. Expect a silver saw—with no text—to continue to adorn the business. Pete’s Pub is expected to open sometime this month.
What happens when two food trucks come together to create something that isn’t quite a food truck? That’s what’s happening with The Truck Stop, coming to the former Hybrid Lounge at 707 E. Brady St.
The owners of popular food trucks Pig Tailz and Roll MKE, Jordan Stewart and Justin Kling, will head up the new lunch-focused venture. Stewart spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, and described The Truck Stop as a “fast-casual dining spot” with a “street food vibe.” The indoor businesses will emulate the food truck experience with dining on one side, and to-go service on the other.
“We own two food trucks right now, and people have really wanted us to come indoors,” Stewart explained. “But instead of doing a sit-down restaurant, we want to keep the vibe of street food inside. We’ll be selling similar items that we do on the street, but basically indoors with a casual vibe that’s not so seated.”
The menu will feature favorites from both Pig Tailz and Roll MKE. The Truck Stop could open “as soon as April.”