Details Emerge About Parasole’s Planned Uptown Restaurant

James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee will lead Parasole’s new Uptown Minneapolis restaurant, which may end up in the space currently occupied by Uptown Cafeteria.

While some details remain uncovered about the new restaurant and bar concept that Parasole Restaurant Holdings is planning for Uptown Minneapolis, it's now clear the project will be led by a powerhouse chef.

News surfaced last week that Parasole—the Edina-based company behind Manny’s Steakhouse, Chino Latino, Salut Bar Américain, and other restaurant concepts—was seeking input on what to name its new concept, but the company declined to disclose even basic details about its plans.

Now, Stephanie March of Twin Cities Business' sister publication MplsSt.Paul reports that James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee will lead the restaurant. McKee, known for his work at restaurants like La Belle Vie, Sea Change, and Smalley’s, has served as Parasole’s vice president of culinary development since 2011, although the new restaurant will be the first partnership of its kind between the two parties. McKee reportedly said the new restaurant will be “a real collaboration, but it's 100 percent my own concept and menu, and I have hand-picked the management team.”

According to MplsSt.Paul, McKee is remaining tight-lipped about the concept, saying that it will be “dinner-only with a strong bar component.” And it appears that the new concept may replace an existing Parasole eatery in Uptown, rather than add to its existing holdings there: March indicated that the new concept will likely be “an overhaul of the flagging Cafeteria space” in Calhoun Square.