Crave to Open 4th MN Location, Replacing Palomino

The new Crave location-its sixth U.S. restaurant-will replace Palomino at LaSalle Plaza, which opened in 1991.

Local restaurant chain Crave recently announced that it will open its fourth Minnesota location in downtown Minneapolis next spring.

The new, 13,000-square-foot Crave restaurant will be located on the second floor of the LaSalle Plaza. Palomino-which is owned by Seattle-based Restaurants Unlimited, Inc.-has occupied the second-floor space since the building opened in 2001.

Mike Majestic, Restaurants Unlimited spokesman, said that Palomino recently received a notice that gives the company 60 days to vacate its space in LaSalle Plaza. He said the restaurant will shutter its doors sometime around December 12th.

A phone call to the property's management and leasing company, Zeller Realty Group, to get information about the notice was not immediately returned.

Crave opened its first location in 2007 at the Galleria in Edina. In 2009, it added two more Twin Cities-area locations-one at the Mall of America and one at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park.

In April, the company expanded outside of Minnesota an opened an 8,600-square-foot location in Orlando, Florida. Shortly after, Crave opened an 8,300-square-foot Omaha location. In addition to Crave's upcoming Minneapolis restaurant, another new location is slated to open in Coral Gables, Florida, in mid-2011.

Crave's menu includes both sushi and contemporary American fare, including certified Angus beef, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and salads.

Majestic said Palomino will put on several special events before it closes and that details about those events will be made public as they become available. He added that Restaurants Unlimited has preliminary plans to re-open Palomino at another location in Minnesota.