Caribbean restaurant planned for the former Cocina space, Chez Jacques at Walker’s Point


A a new “full-service, sit-down Caribbean restaurant” called Mobay Cafe is planned at 1022 S. 1st St. in Walker’s Point. The building once housed the Mexican restaurant Cocina 1022, which closed in February 2019. Prior to that, it had long housed the French restaurant Chez Jacques, which closed in October 2016.

City records indicate that Nadine Dixon is the sole owner of the planned restaurant. Dixon is a resident of Milwaukee who indicates her birthplace is Jamaica. We contacted Dixon for more information on his business plan.

A long sample menu includes dishes like jerk chicken, chicken curry, and brown chicken stew. Jerk chicken is also available as a sandwich and wrap. Other dishes include curried goat cheese, oxtail, brown fish stew, grilled shrimp, Jamaican greens, and jerk salmon. Accompaniments include banana pancakes, mac and cheese, steamed cabbage, and fried dumplings. Red Stripe, Dragon Stout and Kalik highlight the selection of beers.

The records indicate the possibility of eating on the sidewalk from June to September.

The hours offered by Mobay Cafe are 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday; 11 am-11pm Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; and closed on Mondays.

A provisional opening date is shown as March 20, 2020.


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