A New Cafe Is Coming to the Milwaukee Public Museum

Meat on the Street is bringing Filipino food and other cuisines to the museum’s cafe and kiosk.

Very exciting news from Meat on the Street co-owners/siblings Alexa and Matt Alfaro. They are closing their Filipino restaurant’s food court location at ELEVEN25 (1125 N. Ninth St.) but it’s for a good reason – to begin a new partnership with the Milwaukee Public Museum (800 W. Wells St.).

MOTS – which started as a food truck in 2014 and opened at ELEVEN25 in 2016 – will manage the cafe and kiosk at the museum beginning in early March. A definitive date will be released soon.

The restaurant’s last day open at ELEVEN25 was Friday, Feb. 24.  The siblings have not put the brakes on another part of their business: They will continue to operate their food truck and catering services.

Alexa and Matt Alfaro; Photo by Amaya Marie Photography

The museum cafe menu will offer a range of foods including Filipino dishes (lumpia, kebabs), American staples (hot dogs, hamburgers) and Mexican creations (taquitos, burritos). The kiosk will serve beverages (coffee, Filipino drinks) and grab-and-go breakfast items.

Once these businesses open, customers will not have to pay museum admission to eat at the cafe and kiosk.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Meat on the Street to the Milwaukee Public Museum,” said Rebecca Ehlers, the MPM vice president of marketing, communications and visitor experience, in a press release. “We are impressed by their approach to ingredient selection, food preparation and the diversity of their menu options. This is an exciting opportunity to enhance Museum visitors’ dining experiences and support local entrepreneurs as they take this next step in growing their business.”

Through MOTS, the Alfaros have strived to offer a culinary and cultural experience. “Eating and cooking was a central part of our childhood,” Alexa said in the press release. “It was how my dad, who grew up in the Philippines, showed us love, and how we connected with our Filipino roots while growing up in Oak Creek. He taught us everything we know about preparing delicious meals, and his family’s recipes that have been passed down for generations are used in our MOTS menu.”

Here are the planned hours for the new cafe:

  • MPM Cafe: Wed-Mon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • MPM Coffee Kiosk: Wed-Mon, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.