It appears that a beloved Minneapolis restaurant concept is making a comeback.
Figlio, an Uptown eatery that was popular in the late ’80s and ’90s but shut down in 2009 by its operator—Edina-based Parasole Restaurant Holdings—will soon be revived by Kam Talebi, the restaurateur behind the sushi restaurant chain Crave.
Eden Prairie-based Kaskaid Hospitality, which operates the Crave restaurants, has negotiated a deal with Parasole to assume the rights to the Figlio brand. It plans to open a new Figlio restaurant, Kaskaid CEO Talebi told Mpls. St. Paul magazine Senior Editor Stephanie March.
Figlio 2.0 will be located at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, in the space currently occupied by Kaskaid’s Sopranos Italian Kitchen. Sopranos will close on July 28 and re-open as Figlio on September 24.
Figlio was reportedly a groundbreaker in the Twin Cities restaurant scene. It was the first restaurant in the metro area to feature a wood-burning pizza oven, and the first to offer fried calamari, according to the Star Tribune. The restaurant reportedly drew customers from a wide demographic.
“We want to bring back all of that nostalgia,” Talebi told the Minneapolis newspaper.
Current Sopranos chef J.P. Samuelson will stay on and work with Parasole to recreate popular Figlio menu items, including a tortellini dish, while creating new dishes inspired by North Italian cuisine. The decor, meanwhile, will be similar to the old restaurant, but it won’t be a replica.
“We’re going to keep the squiggly logo and put up framed prints of many of the crazy billboards from the last 20 years,” Talebi told March.
After closing Figlio, Parasole opened a new restaurant, Il Gatto, in the Uptown space, but that eatery closed last year. The space is now occupied by Primebar, an upscale bar and restaurant based in Chicago.
To read about Figlio’s rebirth in March’s blog, click here.