News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities
Jamie Malone and fellow chef and partner Erik Anderson, who have long been working on another restaurant, Brut, bought Grand Café and, after some updates, will reopen the Kingfield neighborhood spot in May. Dan and Mary Hunter owned and ran Grand Café for 10 years and had been working with Malone since fall 2016.
In an email Malone and Anderson make it clear they aren’t turning Grand Café into Brut, and are “still looking for the perfect spot” for that concept.
“The Grand Café has always been a hidden gem; a humble place that speaks to real life, and we want to keep it that way,” they said. “This is not Brut. This is the Grand Café by Erik and Jamie. The space has a patina that has taken 70 years to build, and we can’t wait to add our personalities to it!”
Their plan for the south Minneapolis restaurant includes presenting their takes on “forgotten French classics,” along with some “modern and technique-driven surprises.”
Also part of the announcement was that Bill Summerville, former managing partner and front-of-the-house pro at La Belle Vie and opening GM and wine program creator for Spoon and Stable, is on board as well. Malone and Anderson are both Food & Wine Best New Chefs, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and since working together at Sea Change inside the Guthrie Theater have collaborated on multiple pop-ups and consulted on other Twin Cities restaurant projects.
Ryan Lund is in as the executive chef at ninetwentyfive, the two-level restaurant inside The Hotel Landing in downtown Wayzata. Lund, a 2014 FSN Top Chef, spent a decade at Lucia’s Restaurant in Uptown, working his way up from line cook to executive chef. He most recently spent a year as the executive chef at Kitchen Window Cooking School and Event Center, and early in his career cooked at D’Amico & Sons and for Fabulous Catering. Dawnette Meadows also joins the team as food and bar director, coming over from Crave. The restaurant is aiming for a early summer opening.
Wayzata’s first hotel in 53 years, The Hotel Landing, which is the final block of The Promenade of Wayzata, is managed by Hay Creek Hotels, developed by BohLand Development and designed by The Cuningham Group.
With the exit of Grae Nonas, Tullibee has a new executive chef in Bradley Day. Day comes to the restaurant in the North Loop’s Hewing Hotel from STK Downtown, the New York City location of One Group’s chain of upscale steakhouse/lounges. A native of Australia, Day trained at TAFE International Western Australia in Perth and his resume includes cooking in London for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Gordon Ramsay. In New York City he spent time at China Grill Management, opening several restaurants before coming to STK Downtown.
In a statement Day said he was drawn to Minneapolis by the “opportunity to work with the fresh and seasonally diverse ingredients provided by the city’s many nearby farmers, purveyors and freshwater fisherman.”
Meritage welcomed a new wine director during a reception April 26, following longtime sommelier Nicolas Giraud’s departure to Spoon and Stable. Matt Carson joins the team at chef-owner Russell Klein’s St. Paul restaurant, bringing with him an extensive wine-buying background. “From private cellars to massive stores, his education and knowledge base is unrivaled, and his palate[is] in line with Meritage, Chef Klein’s menus, and our old world sensibility,” the restaurant said in a release.
A national Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project is in the works following a commitment between the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The two associations in February received a $1.8 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor to place more than 400 individuals in apprenticeships in the restaurant, foodservice and hotel and lodging industries through the HSRA project. Those paid apprenticeships will focus on management-level positions across the hospitality and foodservice industries, translating into increased skills, higher wages, recognized credentials and a career advancement plan, the foundation said in its announcement.
Hola Arepa restaurant owners, Christina Nguyen and Birk Grudem, purchased the Double Deuce space, a bar and strip club on University Avenue in northeast Minneapolis. Plans are for a new eatery, though they haven’t confirmed whether it will be a second Hola Arepa or a new concept.
Mike Rakun, whose own Mercy restaurant just replaced Marin (where he was executive chef) in the Le Meridien Chambers hotel in downtown Minneapolis, has another project in the works, this time a breakfast-and-lunch spot in Wayzata. Rakun is working with Shea Design on the unnamed restaurant at the Promenade development.
Jacques is the new restaurant coming to the Marquette Hotel at IDS Center in Minneapolis as part of a $25 million renovation that’s also updating guest rooms, the lobby and meeting spaces. Jacques, with an Italian-Mediterranean menu, will open May 15 on the first floor of the hotel; the designer is ESG Architects.
Rebecca Illingworth-Penichot is moving her Tinto Cocina + Cantina from its Uptown location on Lake Street to a spot at 50th Street and Penn Avenue, taking over what was Bead Monkey. Set to open this month, it’ll remain a taqueria and bar, but with more entrées and wines.
Management team Jeff Taylor, Ron Merritt and Donovan Gilbert opened The Loophole sports bar in April. Located at 408 3rd Ave. N., around the corner from J.D. Hoyt’s, The Loophole takes the place of Scratch Burgers and Beer.
Closures: Mozza Mia in Edina, part of Parasole’s restaurant group, closed in March. In a surprisingly candid press release, the company said it closed the restaurant “because the current operating environment doesn’t favor restaurants and because Mozza Mia was losing money.”
Sidhe Brewing, the microbrewery on St. Paul’s Payne Avenue, shut down in March after two years. Owner and head brewer Kathleen Culhane has another venture in the works, Culhane Brewing Co., with plans to open a 10-barrel brewery at the corner of East Fourth and North Sibley streets in Lowertown.
After 35 years in business, Jerusalem’s Restaurant, located off Nicollet Avenue and 15th Street near Loring Park, will close in August. The property has been sold and developer Dominium Apartments is planning a mixed-use affordable housing development.