MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A new cafe on the northwest side of Milwaukee hopes to inspire more people to open their own businesses in the city.
An Ox Café held its grand opening on Wednesday morning, February 2. It was a big moment for landlords after years of trying to open up during the pandemic.
“We want to show you can have a great business anywhere in Milwaukee,” owner Sia Xiong said.
The cafe is located on Hampton Avenue. The space is equipped with dozens of televisions and serves traditional Asian cuisine. Xiong said the restaurant was a sign of hope. Xiong and his family came to the United States in 1979.
“It’s an American dream for all of us,” she said.
They have worked to open An Ox Café for the past four years. The Hmong Chamber of Commerce and the City of Milwaukee Department of Development have supported the project from the start.
“This area is really important to us. We’ve been here for over 20 years and we want to give back and improve the neighborhood,” Xiong said.
Xiong said the building had been empty for more than five years. She felt that this part of Milwaukee didn’t really have a place for people to congregate and she wanted to change that. His family has lived in this part of town for more than 20 years.
“These city investments not only help An Ox Café, not just their employees, but our entire community,” Lafayette Crump said.
Lafayette Crump is the commissioner of the city’s development department. He said the department is looking to support more people like Xiong and his family to help develop the city’s underserved neighborhoods.
“We’re ready to connect Milwaukeeans to the resources and contacts they need to start a new business, grow an existing business, relocate businesses to and within the city of Milwaukee and more,” he said. declared.
For more information about An Ox Café, click here,