Crave Owners Plan New Eatery for Shinders Space

Crave Owners Plan New Eatery for Shinders Space

Union, a new restaurant planned for the downtown Minneapolis space, will feature American cuisine and a rooftop dining area with a retractable glass roof.

The long-vacant Shinders space in downtown Minneapolis is finally being revived.

Kaskaid Hospitality, the company that operates sushi restaurant chain Crave, plans to open a two-level restaurant in the space located at the corner of Eighth Street and Hennepin Avenue. The new restaurant—Union—will serve American fare and feature a rooftop dining area with a retractable glass roof. The lower level will be called Marquee Lounge and focus on cocktails.

According to Mpls. St. Paul magazine Senior Editor Stephanie March, Kaskaid CEO Kam Talebi has hired Chef Jim Christiansen to head the kitchen at Union. Christiansen was in charge of the kitchen at Il Gatto, the eatery that closed last year after a two-year stint at the former Figlio space in Uptown. He has also worked at other local restaurants, including La Belle Vie and Sea Change.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis-based architectural firm Shea, Inc., whose headquarters will also occupy a portion of the Shinders building, will design the restaurant.

Union is expected to open in November.

To read March’s blog post about the upcoming restaurant, click here.