Reeling news from the local street food world: Meat on the Street, the 9-year-old business that championed Filipino culture and cuisine, has closed. The owners – siblings Matt and Alexa Alfaro – operated a food truck, offered catering and wedding services, and had recently started a partnership with Milwaukee Public Museum to manage the café there. The Alfaros announced the closing in a press release and didn’t point to a specific reason for the closure.
“We just thought about the long-term and if we wanted to be doing this and thought we would be happy in 5-10 years and the answer was no,” Alexa says.
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In a press release, Alexa says, “We will always cherish the memories and relationships we have built through Meat on the Street. It’s been an honor to be part of such a vibrant and supportive community.”
Here is the statement the Alfaros’ posted on their website:
It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Meat on the Street, as of yesterday May 1st.
We want to thank the Milwaukee community for nine incredible years of support, friendship, and unforgettable experiences. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we were able to grow from a food truck to a thriving business thanks to your unwavering support.
Your love for our Filipino street food inspired us every day, and we’ll be forever grateful. We hope you’ll continue to explore the rich and vibrant world of international cuisine, and that our flavors will stay with you for a long time to come. Thank you, Milwaukee.
As for the MPM café, the museum issued its own statement on social media, wishing the Alfaros luck “as they explore new opportunities!” The café is closed until the new operator – Noble Events & Catering – is up and running.