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Dia Bom will bring Asian fusion cuisine to Milwauke's Crossroads Collective

On this week's episode, we have some news about Former Tandem restaurant owner and chef Caitlin Cullen, who is becoming the new food center director for the Riverwest Food Pantry. We also have some updates about the very popular vegan spot Twisted Plants, which is expanding, and a new Polish market slated for the South Side.

But we kick things off by discussing a new vendor at Crossroads Collective, the North Avenue food hall that has become an incubator for Milwaukee restaurants. New spots are constantly opening there then moving on to their own locations, and we've just learned about the latest one set to open: Dia Bom, which will replace Heaven's Table BBQ.

The space is being opened by chef Ramses Alvarez, who was trained in Mexico City. "His seasonal menu will incorporate Japanese kushiyaki (skewered and grilled foods) and Chinese bao (bread-like dumplings with sweet or savory fillings) creations," Milwaukee Magazine reports. "Dishes will include lobster enchilada rangoon, skewered chicken mole, chorizo bao with yuzu avocado, nopales kimchee and churro bao with strawberries." It'll open Jan. 17.

3rd Street Market Hall opens today

After many delays, the 3rd Street Market Hall food hall has finally opened in The Avenue, the former Grand Avenue Mall. It's open starting today at 11 a.m.

In addition to a 360-degree, 50-seat bar, there will be vendors including Dairyland (custard and burgers), Greenhouse (soups, salads and sandwiches), Make Waves (smoothies, juices and bowls), Mid-Way Bakery, Amano Pan (baked goods), Hot Dish Pantry (pierogi and comfort foods), Strega (pasta) and Middle East Side (flat breads and Middle Eastern cuisine).

Hear us talk about all that and more on this week's episode below.

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