The Milwaukee Public Market Is Getting a New Restaurant

The BBQ restaurant was listed as one of Oprah’s favorite things of 2020.

Exciting news today from the Third Ward. Pat’s Rib Place, which has operated a BBQ restaurant in Waukesha (151 E Sunset Dr.) since 2009, is opening a second location, inside Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.). The location is expected to open sometime this summer. 

Owners Alisha and Ty Hayes named the restaurant, known for meats smoked daily and homemade sauces, after Alisha’s mother, Pat. The menu will include ribs, chicken wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked pastrami, corned beef and sides such as cornbread, smoked baked beans and homemade potato salad.



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Two of the restaurant’s sauces were featured as one of Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things in the December 2020 issue of O magazine. The sauce line, available by the bottle, will also be sold at the market. 

“The Public Market is one of the venues that has helped put Milwaukee ‘on the map,’” said the Hayeses, by press release. “We are thrilled to showcase our cuisine and family history at such an iconic and well renowned Milwaukee attraction.”

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Posted by Milwaukee Public Market on Tuesday, April 13, 2021



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.