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Secret Hot Chicken was one of Kamal Shkoukani's ghost kitchens at Paper Table. Now, he plans to open his own art-themed food hall.

Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

They say food is art. But art is also art. So why not just combine the two?

Entrepreneur and restaurateur Kamal Shkoukani plans to do exactly that by providing a feast for your eyes and your stomach at The Gallery, a food hall coming to the East Side this July. We talk about the concept at the top of this week’s podcast, but I’ll give you some quick details here.

Visitors to 2335 N. Murray Ave. will find several edible options that’ll be familiar to anyone who frequents Paper Table downtown. Secret Hot Chicken, Moon Burger and Gym Bae will all make their way to The Gallery, covering the “food” half of the equation. As for the “art” portion, Shkoukani toldUrban Milwaukee, “Whether it’s photography, painting or whatever else that’s creative, we want to give people an opportunity to showcase their work.”

He also plans on creating a patio space, as well as a mentorship program that sounds a little like what’s happening at Turning Tables, which we talked about in an episode from last August. As for what we cover the rest of this episode:

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