Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day
Singer/Guitar Picker Jeff Lerdahl 6:30 PM
Friday, April 6
African Music Performer Nyttu Chongo 6:00 PM 



HOSKO GALLERY                   


In downtown Saint Paul's 'Lowertown North' district 

Open weekdays 7 AM - 4 PM, weekends 7 AM - 2 PM and evenings during scheduled performances. 
New menu posted soon. 

Also, evening gallery and framing appointments 
are available for your convenience. 

Contact us at:

Music Forest Cafe provides a memorable, intimate environment for both guests and performing artists.  The original conceptual illustrations by Bill Hosko are below.  With the exception of electrical and plumbing work Bill completed the build-out.

Music Forest Cafe is located at 151 East Seventh Street at Jackson Street - on the border of Lowertown and "Lowertown North' in downtown Saint Paul.   

Bill signed a ten-year lease in April 2014 with the City of Saint Paul - owner of the 'Block 19' property.  The build-out began in September 2014 and progressing on a part-time basis until largely completed in September 2016. 
For twenty -five years Bill has enjoyed serving his Hosko Gallery customers.  Music Forest Cafe is another opportunity to serve the public, while melding the essences of a Montana cafe he created in 2008 and his favorite places - the Great Plains and northern England, his interest in art and most of all, his appreciation for performing artists and their music.   

For Musicians:
Those who enjoy playing and singing everything from Celtic and Folk to Classical, Jazz and Rock are welcome.  We have an intimate stage (and adjoining green-room) reserved for you.  Give us a call at 651-222-4767 to schedule playing time.   

For Music Forest Customers:
- An intimate unique environment to enjoy good food and beverage, music and art.  

Our Menu is Vegan:
- Beverages: coffee, tea, juice, soda and more.  
- Homemade food items: soup, chili, wraps, pasta salad, cupcakes and more
- Outside food is OK with a $3 cover, outside non-alcoholic beverages with a $1.50 cover.  

Overall Goal:
For Music Forest Cafe to become a Co-Operative owned by the people working there. 




Music Forest Cafe is located on the corner of East Seventh and Jackson Streets within the Block 19 Parking Ramp.  Photos were taken June 2014, work began September 2014.  (Note the second floor opening on left for a future skyway connection). 
June 2014: The photo above and most of those below show the general atmosphere that Bill (below) will capture in a small scale within Music Forest Cafe.
In 2008, Bill completed The Outpost Cafe (here, above and immediately below) in far northern Montana not far from his property.
One of Bill's favorites places is northern England, from Scarborough to Morcambe Bay.
Attending a McNally Smith performance in downtown St. Paul
Bill Hosko opened Hosko Gallery in downtown Saint Paul in early 1994. It is located on the skyway level within Securian Center at 400 North Robert Street.
March 2014 Concept Plans: Future exterior improvements will be an awning framework (to pick up architectural details at the 
top of the ramp) and larger signage.   A bike rack is in the works.  Some of the new planters have been installed.  
The initial interior concept plans above were created in March 2014.  The existing floor plan and interior at that time is below.  
January 2015 - Interior below after four months of detailed cleaning, prep and painting.  
After weeks of cleaning, painting and other prep work Bill stained the floor with a beautiful tile pattern and set about the framing of walls, roofs and stage area.  City requirements called for metal stud construction throughout - a daunting thought being he'd never worked with them before.  All sub-roofing and flooring needed to be fireproof as well.