151 E 7th St - Downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.  

December 2022 - Open for booked performances 

and private events.

For more information, including performer booking 

or event planning, please contact MFC at: 



Music Forest Cafe provides a memorable, intimate environment for guests and performing artists.  

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.  On-site ramp parking is available for $5 all evening after 4 PM. 

Bill signed a ten-year lease in April 2014 with the City of Saint Paul - owner of the 'Block 19' parking ramp property.  His build-out began in September 2014 and progressed on a part-time basis until largely completed in September 2016.  He re-signed his lease in December 2019 for an additional five-years, with a five-year option. 
For twenty-nine 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, Rock and Metal are welcome.  Our stage and adjoining green-room are reserved for you.  

For Music Forest Customers:
An intimate, unique environment to enjoy home-cooked food, a variety of beverages, music and art.  

Our Menu is Plant-based:
- Beverages: coffee, teas, juices, sodas and more.  
- Homemade food items: soup, chili, wraps, pasta salad, scones and more
- Outside food is accepted with a $5 cover, outside non-alcoholic beverages with a $3.00 cover.  




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.