By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Jun 24, 2020 at 7:01 PM

Bars and restaurants across the city have been slowly re-opening. Among them is The Garage, a long-time East Side hang that sports a large, well-appointed patio.

The Garage, 1709 N. Arlington Pl., opened its patio nearly two weeks ago at 25 percent capacity, offering safe, socially distanced quarters that include two walk-up plexi-glass service areas at the bar and practices guided by both CDC and City regulations.

But the one thing The Garage didn’t bring back was its food menu.

"We decided not to reopen our kitchen this summer, " says Leslie Montemurro, co-owner and co-founder of the Mojofuco Restaurant Group. "Instead, we’re giving business to area food trucks and more variety for our guests by hosting them in an area behind the patio bar."

Secret Eats

The new food program, cleverly titled "Secret Eats," launched quietly this past weekend, featuring weekend brunch with Hidden Kitchen. But the festivities are scheduled to continue throughout the summer with a loaded slate of food trucks slinging delicious eats for imbibing guests.

Trucks have been scheduled through the end of June and include:

  • Thursday, June 25: Tots on the Street from 5 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27: Milk Can Hamburgers & Frozen Custard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 28: Hidden Kitchen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fatty Patty from 5 p.m. to close
  • Tuesday, June 30: Fatty Patty from 5 p.m. to close

Trucks expected to make regular appearances include Hidden Kitchen, which will be offering dishes like birria tostadas and avocado toast for brunch most Sundays, and Drift, which will be serving up New Zealand style meat pies and a variety of new menu items on select Friday nights and Saturdays for brunch.

Montemurro says that they’re currently working out a consistent schedule, but they hope to publish a full calendar of truck appearances soon. In the meantime, you can watch The Garage's Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

"I’m really proud of our staff and what they’ve been doing. We had a good plan, and things have gone well," adds Montemurro. "We’re excited for summer and hope we can bring on a good variety of food trucks over the next few months."

Food trucks interested in keeping regular shifts at The Garage can reach out by email at mschupbach@hihatlounge.com

The Garage is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to close.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.