Soon You’ll Have a New Brunch Spot to Add to Your List

With a sweet surprise for people who still haven’t gotten over Cempazuchi’s closing.

Sabrosa started as a small business specializing in sauces like roasted poblano salsa verde. Now the next phase of Sabrosa – the art gallery and café (3216 S. Howell Ave.) serving breakfast and lunch – is targeted to open in mid- to late June.  

Co-owner Frank Sanchez – who, with his family, operated Taqueria Azteca on Oklahoma for many years ­– describes the project as a labor of love. The building, formerly called Mr. Pastrami’s, incorporates elements from the past. The tables and chairs are from now-closed Brady Street restaurant Cempazuchi. (Frank’s late brother Sal was one of Cempazuchi’s founders.) Each table will be dedicated (with a plaque) to a loved one who has passed on, Sanchez says. Further, the logo for Sabrosa, the Spanish word for “tasty,” is a cempazuchitl – a marigold, a traditional Day of the Dead flower. Sanchez and his partner Ruben Piirainen, a pianist with Florentine Opera Company, plan to feature classical music performance at Sabrosa. 

As for the menu, still in the tweaking stage, Sanchez has gone big, with signature breakfast items like a spicy brown sugar bourbon bacon sandwich, stout corned beef hash and eggs, and jalapeño cornbread with country sausage gravy and eggs. There are egg scrambles, omelets, pancakes, three versions of French toast (including baked, with cream cheese glaze, pecan caramel sauce and whipped cream) and Mexican dishes like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. Lunch items range from salads and sandwiches/melts to Mexican creations like enchiladas verdes. Yes, there will be a daily specials board, brunch cocktails and a rotating menu of sweet breads, pies and desserts.  

Sanchez expects weekday hours to run in the neighborhood of 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices: $5-ish-$12.



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.