rendering of the Pat’s Rib Place expansion shows
additional seating and a new ordering counter.
Construction is poised to begin in January.
Courtesy of Pat’s Rib Place
WAUKESHA — Alisha Hayes, co-owner of Pat's Rib Place,
says much of what her business does comes after
customers request it, like their plan to expand the
restaurant's dining area and make space for live blues
music on weekends.
are expanding because the customers have been wanting us
to for a long time,” Hayes said. “All our growth has
been dictated by the customers. They wanted okra, fried
pickles. The reason our menu is the way it is now is
solely because of the customers. Same with the
expansion. They said ‘Hey, it's time to get a bigger
space.’” Hayes and her husband Tydus opened Pat's Rib
Place nine years ago and have been operating in a 1,200
square-foot space at 151 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha.
The restaurant — known for authentic Southern-style
barbecue — has 23 seats, but that will grow to 78 seats
and 2,800 square feet with the new expansion, Hayes
expansion is expected to begin in January after the
business next door is able to move to its new location,
new space has already been designed with a complete
floor plan and rendering. It will feature private
dining, a live blues space and additional seating, she
“We've had a lot of great responses from our customers,”
Hayes said. “A lot of excitement.”