American fusion cafe is coming to Milwaukee's east side: Twisted Cafe – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An American fusion restaurant — Twisted Cafe — is planned to replace the former Thai restaurant Elephant Cafe, which closed earlier this year.
The cafe, located at 1505 N. Farwell Ave., will feature menu items such as cheeseburger egg rolls, Korean-style corn dogs, coconut waffles stuffed with Thai pandan custard, and  possibly bubble tea.
“I wanted to take street food or fair food and bring it to a cafe,” owner Melissa Latavong said. “So we don’t have to wait until the fair opens, or we don’t have to wait until the food truck pulls up.”
The idea is to take American food and put her own spin on it. Hence, the name “Twisted Cafe.”
“It could be, let’s say, spaghetti, but we’re going add a little bit of Thai ingredients into it and make it into our own kind of spaghetti,” she said.
As a foodie, Latavong was inspired after seeing videos on Facebook and Instagram of other creatives doing the same thing.
For as long as Latavong can remember, she has wanted to own a business. The Milwaukee native grew up stocking shelves in her godparents’ Asian grocery store and then working as a waitress in their restaurant, Thai Bar-B-Que Restaurant
Later, she attended school for international business and worked various other jobs.  Eventually, she’d had enough. 
“I didn’t want to work for anyone else anymore,” she said. 
Then, last year, while she was cooking at home, her friends said “Why don’t you just sell this in a food truck?”  
So, Latavong set out to find a food truck. Then fate intervened.
Her best friend’s mother-in-law, Khamphet Nanthasane, former owner of the popular  Elephant Cafe, decided to sell the business. Latavong expressed interest in the space. Although Latavong wasn’t expecting to have a storefront café, Nanthasane gave her that chance. Latavong is leasing the space but bought the business. 
While the menu for Twisted Cafe will fluctuate, Latavong said she hopes to carry on some of the popular dishes Elephant Cafe served, such as a fried rice or stir fried noodle dish. 
Latavong said she is uncertain of what the prices will be but that she wants the menu items to be affordable. She hopes to open the café with her business partner, Anousorn Phakousonh, in mid-September.
“I aspire to create a space for people to come in and have good moments,” Latavong said.
The proposed hours for Twisted Cafe are Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, noon – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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