Primebar Takes Over Recently Vacated Il Gatto Space

A space in Uptown Minneapolis' Calhoun Square was recently vacated by the Italian restaurant Il Gatto, but new tenant Primebar is set to take over later this spring or in early summer.

Calhoun Square in Uptown Minneapolis lost a major tenant in December, but it appears the space won't stay vacant for long.

The Star Tribune reported that Primebar will occupy the space at the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue that was formerly home to Parasole's Il Gatto, and was that occupied by Figlio before that.

Primebar will offer specialty cocktails and at least 40 draft beers, according to the Minneapolis newspaper. And the kitchen will serve up small plates-ranging from deviled eggs to barbecue pulled-pork sliders-as well as larger dishes, including pastas, steaks, and burgers.

Most small plates will cost less than $10, while the larger entrees will average about $15, according to the Star Tribune.

Primebar is part of Chicago-based Restaurants-America, which operates other Primebar locations in Scottsdale, Arizona; Wiregrass, Florida; Chicago; and Dallas. The company also operates six other restaurant concepts: Red Star Tavern, Bluepoint, The Grillroom, One North, Townhouse, and Midtown.

In a recent Twin Cities Business feature story, Executive Editor Adam Platt explored the history of the space that Primebar is taking over-asking why Parasole abandoned Calhoun Square and looking at whether the commercial real estate market is rendering Uptown uninhabitable for all but the highest-volume businesses.

Read the full story here.