By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 13, 2021 at 10:50 AM

The popular Waukesha barbeque restaurant, Pat’s Rib Place, will soon be the latest addition to the locally-owned vendors at the Milwaukee Public Market. 400 N. Water St.

Pat’s Rib Place, which was established in 2009 by owners Alisha and Ty Hayes.  It was founded in honor of Alisha’s late mother Pat, who was well known for her talents in the kitchen. And for well over a decade now, the Hayes’ have kept her spirit alive by offering guests delicious barbeque with a side of Southern style hospitality. 

The restaurant is targeting a summer opening at the Historic Third Ward Destination, where they will serve their signature smoked barbecue ribs, chicken wings, beef brisket, sauces and sides.  (In the meantime, you can get your fix at their Waukesha restaurant at 151 E. Sunset Dr. in Waukesha).

“In every way – from quality product to hospitable customer service – Pat’s reputation is among the best in the Milwaukee area,” noted Paul Schwartz, executive director of the Milwaukee Public Market and Business Improvement District #2.

“We are beyond excited to welcome Pat’s to the Market, the city of Milwaukee and Third Ward neighborhood, and look forward to expanding our food culture with their mouth-watering culinary offerings for our patrons.”

Meats from Pat’s Rib Place are smoked daily over a combination of apple, cherry and hickory woods and served with signature housemade sauces, including Pat’s House (red mild sauce), Brown Brown (featuring a brown sugar and molasses base), Alisha’s Special (sweet and spicy), Apple Chunky (a tangy sauce with apples) and Memphis Mad Dog (spicy).  The sauces gained national  attention last fall when they were mentioneed among Oprah Winfrey's annual list of favorite things.

Sauces will also be available for purchase by the jar or alongside pulled pork, smoked pastrami, corned beef and a variety of sides including cornbread, smoked baked beans and homemade potato salad.

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

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.