Brady Street Historical Documentary In Production For 2024 Release

Brady Street historian Frank Alioto is interviewed for an upcoming historical documentary about the Brady Street neighborhood of Milwaukee.

A film about the East Brady Street neighborhood in Milwaukee is in the works, with production continuing through next year with a release in early 2024.

The historical documentary will take viewers through the history of Brady Street, from before European settlement to the post-pandemic period, according to an announcement from the Brady Street Business Improvement District.

For much of its existence, Brady Street was the commercial center of a neighborhood that included large numbers of immigrants from Poland and Italy who worked in nearby tanneries and other businesses.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Brady Street became a center for a counterculture that included bars and other businesses that catered to youth. They joined such long-standing retailers as Peter Sciortino’s Bakery and Glorioso’s Italian Market.

In the 80s, the street was seeing several empty storefronts.

A new wave of investment and development brought landmarks like Mimma’s Cafe (which opened in 1989 and closed in 2016) and The Passeggio shopping center, which was built in 1997 and includes businesses like Apollo Café and Balzac Wine Bar.

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