June 2, 2023


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Dia Bom, serving Asian-Latin fusion, to open at Crossroads Collective

A steamed dumpling with jerk chicken will be one of the menu items at Dia Bom, the newest vendor at Crossroads Collectiive. The Asian-Latin staff opens Jan. 17 at the east side food hall.

A veteran Milwaukee chef will open Dia Bom at Crossroads Collective food hall on Jan. 17, incorporating Latin American flavors into Japanese grilled skewers and Chinese steamed dumplings.

The food hall, at 2238 N. Farwell Ave., announced the new vendor Friday. Dia Bom will take over the stall vacated by Heaven’s Table BBQ, which opened its own storefront in late December at 5507 W. North Ave.

Dia Bom’s chef and owner, Ramses Alvarez, plans to open two more locations in the coming year, at the pending Flour and Feed Marketplace in Bay View and at Zócalo Food Park in Walker’s Point.

Dia Bom’s menu will include variations on Chinese bao and Japanese kushiyaki — items such as chorizo bao with yuzu avocado and bao filled with jerk chicken; skewered chicken mole, and togarashi-crusted zucchini on skewers; nopales kimchee as one of the side dishes; and, for dessert, churro bao with strawberries.

Veteran Milwaukee chef Ramses Alvarez is opening Asian-Latin fusion Dia Bom at Crossroads Collective. It will be in the stall previously occupied by Heaven's Table BBQ, which opened a restaurant on Milwaukee's west side.

Alvarez attended culinary school in Mexico City, where his mother had a sopes street food stand where he helped as a child and where his godfather was a chef. He was the opening chef at the former Juniper 61 in Wauwatosa and has led other kitchens around Milwaukee; in the pandemic, Alvarez has worked as a personal chef.

“With Dia Bom, I am taking some of my favorite techniques and combining them. The mixture of these flavors and traditions is a reflection of my experiences,” Alvarez said in the announcement.