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Jester Concepts Plans New Hotel Ivy Restaurant

Mike DeCamp, who spent eight years as chef de cuisine at La Belle Vie, will serve as executive chef of Jester Concepts’ new Hotel Ivy project.

Jester Concepts is moving into Hotel Ivy, bringing with it a new restaurant concept that will focus on what the company calls “coastal Italian cuisine.”

Jester has recruited longtime La Belle Vie chef Mike DeCamp to open the new downtown Minneapolis venture as executive chef. DeCamp helped open La Belle Vie when it relocated to Minneapolis in 2005 and he’s been Tim McKee’s chef de cuisine for the past eight years. After starting his career at D’Amico Cucina, DeCamp said he’s looking forward to a return to Italian cuisine. The restaurant will also handle the hotel’s room service and catering components.

Developing the bar program—the project calls for a lobby bar and separate lower-level cocktail bar—is Jester’s Jesse Held, with Jeff Erkkila in place as head bartender. Michelle Massey, a veteran of Bachelor Farmer, is the project’s general manager.

For the project, Jester Concepts is overhauling what was Porter & Frye. (The restaurant at 1115 2nd Ave. S. closed in January.) ESG Architects is behind the design, which will involve a new street-level entrance and patio, and eliminate the open stairwell between the upper and lower levels. Branded separately, the lower-level bar will have its own entrance, along with a distinct menu.

Renovations are underway, with a planned late spring opening.

Jester Concepts is the enterprise behind Minneapolis spots Borough, Parlour, Coup d’etat and Marche, plus Maple Tavern in Maple Grove. 

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