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Chicago Group Plans Restaurant in Mayo Clinic Square

A Chicago-based restaurant management company is bringing its Old Town Pour House concept to Minneapolis, taking up residence in the newly renovated Mayo Clinic Square.

Bottleneck Management announced plans for a spring 2016 opening for the fourth location of its craft beer-focused restaurant. Old Town Pour House will occupy the corner near Hennepin Avenue and 7th Street, where Gameworks last operated.

“We are confident that Old Town Pour House will speak to all Mayo Clinic Square visitors including sports fans, music and art enthusiasts, business professionals, and families, while offering a more upscale and modern approach to the everyday sports bar concepts seen in downtown Minneapolis,” building owner Phillip Jaffe, CEO of Plymouth-based Provident Real Estate Ventures, said in a statement.

Bottleneck touts Old Town’s “unparalleled bar program,” with 90-plus local and global beers, along with a menu of reinvented American fare from Corporate Executive Chef Paul Katz.

“We’re extremely proud of the strong, loyal customer base we’ve built with our Bottleneck properties,” said CEO Chris Bisaillon. “After our success in Chicago, we saw an opportunity to expand the Old Town Pour House brand to other markets, first with a location in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and now Minneapolis. Our team is looking forward to sharing our distinct brand of hospitality with visitors to the up-and-coming Mayo Clinic Square.”

Now Mayo Clinic Square, the former Block E was renovated by Minneapolis-based RSP Architects and is home to Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx NBA and WNBA teams. Old Town Pour House joins two other restaurants, Jimmy John’s and Kieran’s Irish Pub, which also operate on the first floor of the square.

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