BRAD’S BURGERS & BBQ
In 1963, my father, Brad Wladis, enrolled at Columbia University. He was thrilled to finally be in New York City and he loved everything about Columbia and the Upper West Side. Unfortunately, he was not able to graduate — I came along as a bit of a surprise to him and my mother and his studies were cut short. (Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending).
He left school early and returned home to Syracuse to marry my mom and raise a family. We lived near the Syracuse University campus where he opened a store named “Brad’s Brews, Victuals and Stews”. For many years, it was a Syracuse University institution.
Ten years ago, my father died of a rare form of lymphoma. In honor of my dad and the anniversary of his passing, we have decided to rename ourselves. Brad’s Burgers is a tribute to my father. My dad taught me the value of hard work and the joy of living life. His own life was constantly filled with friends and family. Brad’s was more than a syracuse store– it was a vibrant piece of our community and my father was the soul of the place. Thank you Dad for all you’ve done over the years for me and so many others. Dad, I hope this Brad’s on the upper west side will continue your tradition.