East Tosa is getting its own food hall on North Avenue

East Tosa is getting its own food hall on North Avenue

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s episode, we’re talking about Purple Door Ice Cream’s new home delivery kits, a new market on North Avenue, and our recent culinary journeys during the holidays, including an update on a virtual cooking class from “America’s Test Kitchen” that Ann took over the break. But first we kick things off with some really positive news.

Milwaukee County creates culinary program for youth offenders

Late last year Milwaukee County announced that its creating a culinary program for youth offenders to teach incarcerated youth to cook and work in a kitchen.

Urban Milwaukee reports that the country recently approved $500,000 to build a commercial kitchen at the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center so teens can learn these life skills. Restaurateurs and business leaders are reportedly on board to support this initiative, too.

North Avenue is getting its own food hall

Near East Tosa at 5900 W. North Avenue, a former bank building will become the North Avenue Market. The space will open this summer, and is set to feature a bar, coffee shop, taco joint, patio seating and a 150-seat food hall. Other vendors announced include Sharon’s Table Soul Food Restaurant, Mango’s Cafe and Arty’s Sweet Talk Cupcakes.

The space will also include office and retailer space. The food hall had originally been scheduled to open this spring, but that target date has been pushed back a few months.

North Avenue Food Hall | Rendering: Galbraith Carnahan Architects

Hear us discuss all that and more, including an update from me about my ambitions to start my own sake brewery, on this week’s episode below.

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