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3 Cuisines Brings a New Flavor to Downtown

The newcomer to downtown Menomonee Falls features Mexican, Italian and American food for lunch and dinner.

About 10 years ago, on a trip to Colorado, Luis Suarez’ truck broke down.  He and his wife were hungry, so the first thing they did was go to the store to buy some tomatoes, onions and peppers to make a salsa.  This improvised salsa recipe is the same they use now in their restaurant in the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center called 3 Cuisines.

The newcomer to downtown Menomonee Falls features Mexican, Italian and American food for lunch and dinner.  It opened its doors on February and had its official grand opening at the end of March.

While the restaurant may be new, Suarez isn’t new to the business.  He has worked in restaurants his entire life, starting as a four-year-old in his father’s business.  From there he moved on to working as a line cook and then eventually as a chef.

His family also had a restaurant in Chicago with multiple types of cuisines.  He said he chose to open a new restaurant in Menomonee Falls because he saw a market for a place with mid-range pricing and a variety of dishes.

“The most popular here is the smoked brisket and the chalupas,” he said.  “We serve a lot of chalupas.  And pasta is one of the bigger sellers: lobster ravioli, four cheese ravioli with sage butter.  We have a lot of different options for Mexican, Italian and American, but those are the killers.”

He also makes a number of seafood dishes, including salmon, tilapia and catfish.  The full menu and bar are available every day from 11a.m. to 10 p.m.  Saturday nights are Mariachi Night with live music.

Twelve people work at the restaurant, including Suarez’ wife, two sons, and daughter, Claudia, who has worked in restaurants with her father for the past eight years.  She said that she’d like to continue in the restaurant business.

“We want to start doing a chain,” Claudia said.  “We are a big family, so with time we were hoping to do as my father does.  He’s been in the restaurant business.  He’s opened now finally his own, so I eventually want to do the same thing.”

Suarez said that he had an easier time opening this restaurant than he did with previous ones, waiting only about a week to get the necessary permits instead of a few months as he says he did in Pewaukee.

The Village Centre Business Improvement District has been working to enhance the downtown area for businesses in a number of ways.  A village grant has been available since November 2010 to help businesses fix up the exteriors of their buildings.

“A lot have taken advantage of this,” Barb Watters, the Village Centre manager, said in a phone interview.  “They’ve gotten new windows, doors, awnings, paint.”

Watters said that this is the second year for the semi-annual “Downtown Experience” event, which highlights four downtown restaurants in one evening.  On May 12, four restaurants on Appleton Avenue will be featured, including 3 Cuisines.

Craig April 05, 2012 at 06:52 PM
As illustrated in the photo of the windows, this place always looks dark and closed. If you notice you can not see a single light inside, and it is much worse after dark. I hope he makes it, but I have not seen any traffic there yet.
Kristine April 06, 2012 at 03:51 PM
i was a little disappointed with our meal there. It started out fabulous with chips and salsa which was excellent. I got a fish fry that could have been a little crispier. The burrito was a huge disappointment, full of what seemed to me meat from a different dish as it had vegetables, like a stew (in a burrito??).
Richard April 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
We had the personal size pizza and it was delicious! The place is very clean and deserves some community support. We could use some alternative's to the franchises and old timers we have left. A more upscale restaurant should be welcomed by us.
Lori April 06, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I meant to like / agree with Richard's comments. I in no way wanted it flagged as inappropriate. I would take it back, but I can't. I apologize!
Pam April 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I am a huge fan of supporting local businesses unfortunately in this case I can't say I would go back. I will say the meal started out great with the chips and salsa as far as taste. It was odd however since we ordered pasta to start out the meal that way. We ordered pasta with your choice of sauce. Although the food was ok I was surprised for the price you basically got a plate of noodles and a small piece of garlic bread. They should be offering a salad with it not only for the added value but to transition you from the mexican taste of salsa to the Italian flavor of pasta. Although I wish them the best for me personally I was disappointed.
Joshua Trudell April 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I'd have to say, its a great restaurant! Their prices are very fair for good quality food so I wouldnt be expecting a free salad. Pastas are very cheap, and good! To say the least the times I go our table usually gets three rounds of their chips & salsa. Our bill for 4 rarely reaches $60, its always between $40-55. At other restaurants around town a $40-55 would be for my wife and I, not 4 people. We choose 3 Cuisines over the same old Applebees or other chain restaurants. Wish you the best of luck!
Susan C April 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I ate there over the weekend and enjoyed every bit of it. The salsa is very tasty! Many choices at reasonable prices. Something for everyone. Give it a try. I will definitely be going back!
Chris April 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM
My family just ate there tonight and enjoyed everything. We had 3 different appetizers and all were wonderful. My finicky son said his cheeseburger was "Awesome!"...high praise indeed from a 10 year old. I myself enjoyed a few excellent Mexican beers with my Italian dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we didn't spend any more than we would have at Applebee's...we'll definitely be back!

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