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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Like all successful entrepreneurs, Wisconsin-born Barry Bursak knows opportunity when he sees it. Unlike many in the business world, however, he chooses projects that benefit the environment as well as his bank account. With his newest and perhaps most significant venture soon coming to fruition, Bursak and I...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Turkish Delight

Farwell Avenue between Brady Street and North Avenue is home to many inexpensive eateries offering carry-outs and deliveries. Here you can find Thai, Italian, Indian and even Ethiopian food. Now add a Turkish option to the mix. A bright yellow awning sports the name Mona’s (1814 N. Farwell Ave.), a Turkish...
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008

Milwaukee’s chess kings

Twenty-nine seconds had passed on the metallic timer at the edge of the chessboard. After the swift, melodic taps of fingers on the timer, the clank of the king hitting the board is the only sound that matters. "Checkmate! … So, basically that's how blitz chess works," says Said Hamideh from across the table, amid a cloud of cigarette smoke, swirls of brandy and licks from Led Zeppelin's second album. In this game, each move is set against the clock. Hamideh has been playing...
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

Today @ Brady Street - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dogs take over Brady today as part of the 7th Annual Brady Street Pet Parade, a four-hour event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features a costume contest, raffle prizes and an animal blessing at St. Rita’s Church, as well as the main attraction: a march down the popular shopping street at 1:30 p.m. Brady Street’s...
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

Today @ Brady Street - Noon

Buskers are those wandering street performers and musicians who are so often tacked on to street festivals as an afterthought, but at today’s BuskerFest on Brady Street, these magicians, clowns, puppeteers and the like are the central highlight. They’ll be wandering Brady Street starting at noon today, entertaining ...
09.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I struck unassuming gold Saturday when I followed a sad, hand-written sign taped to garbage can on Brady Street that said "Rummage Sale in Back." The household was selling a small but choice collection of '90s-ish indie-punk-emo records, including long-ago favorites of mine like the Dr. Frank solo album (Show Business is My Life, 75 cents), the lone Hoover LP (75 cents), and that pretty good first...
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Middle East Buffet

Casablanca (728 E. Brady St.) offers outdoor seating, a lounge where it’s possible to smoke from a water pipe, and a pleasant dining room. The large menu, which is strictly vegetarian on weekdays, sets high standards for Middle Eastern food. A first timer might want to try the weekday lunch...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Serene Setting on Brady Street

Amid the hustle and bustle of the July 4 weekend, a new restaurant opened on Brady Street. The former Oriental Coast has been remodeled and is now called Mai Thai. Thai food is not new to the street: Before Oriental Coast arrived, the space was occupied by a different Thai restaurant.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Back To Brady Street Days

If it’s lucky, a city will offer one of those streets that seems to have a magnetic force field running its length, attracting not just a certain segment of the population, but nearly everyone: scenesters and trendsetters, hedonists and daters, lollygaggers and bohemians, and all those that defy a label.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hamburger Haus

Many people miss the presence of Bella’s Fat Cat at its original location at 1233 E. Brady St. But it didn’t take long for its replacement to open. It is called the Burger Joint and has the same owner as the Dogg Haus, a short distance to the east. The Joint is as devoted to the hamburger as the Haus is to the frankfurter.