Several New Restaurants, Food Trucks to Open in Mpls.
Several new restaurants and food trucks are set to enter the Minneapolis dining scene.
Owners of downtown eatery Hell's Kitchen plan to open a bakery, called Angel Food Bakery and Coffee Bar, on the street level of the building that houses the underground restaurant-at 80 Ninth Street South. The bakery is slated to open the weekend of Mother's Day and will offer bread, cupcakes, donuts, and other baked goods. It will also offer gluten-free options and serve coffee from Minneapolis-based Peace Coffee.
The owners are in the process of raising funds for the eatery through Kickstarter, a crowd funding website. As of mid-day Thursday, 190 backers had contributed a total of $7,742 for Angel Food. After the bakery opens, contributors will receive various rewards based on the level of their contributions. According to Angel Food's Kickstarter page, it will use the first $7,046 to purchase a mega baking oven that's on loan, and additional contributions will go toward online ordering software and expanding the bakery's delivery area.
In other dining news, local food truck Smack Shack plans to open a restaurant at the corner of Sixth Street and Washington Avenue, likely in late June. The new eatery will be open for lunch and dinner and will feature all of the items found on the food truck, including its signature lobster rolls. The food truck itself will continue to serve weekday lunches in downtown Minneapolis.
Northeast Minneapolis eatery Anchor Fish and Chips, meanwhile, is planning to launch a food truck this summer, according to its Facebook page.
A new restaurant-whose name and owners haven't yet been revealed-is also being planned for the former Shinders building at the corner of Eighth Street and Hennepin Avenue, the Downtown Journal reported. Minneapolis-based design firm Shea, Inc.,-whose portfolio includes well-known local eateries Fogo de Chao, Solera, Seven, and Rosa Mexicano-is reportedly designing the space. The restaurant will include an indoor dining room that will seat 100, plus a rooftop dining space that will feature a retractable roof and seat 128 diners.
Also in downtown, a restaurant and bar called The Pourhouse is reportedly set to open June 1 in the former home of Spin Nightclub, at 10 Fifth Street South. The Pourhouse, which will charge a cover for live events and entertainment, will be decorated in 1920s prohibition style and will feature jail cell-style restrooms, according to the Downtown Journal.
Meanwhile, the former Panera Bread space on East Hennepin Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis is reportedly gearing up for a new restaurant and bar concept called New Bohemia. Co-owner Jeff Bornmann told the Downtown Journal that the new restaurant will be a “reinterpretation of the traditional beer hall.” New Bohemia will feature about 40 beers-including Belgian, German, and local craft beers-and beer hall staples such as sausages, Belgian fries, and dipping sauces. The restaurant will occupy about 2,800 square feet of the former Panera space and accommodate around 110 guests. The remaining portion of the space will reportedly become home to a new Jimmy John's franchise.
Also on tap: Stanley's Barroom in Northeast Minneapolis has reportedly announced that its new food truck, Stanley's on Wheels, will serve downtown Minneapolis four days a week starting mid-April. The truck will serve several of the bar's signature items, including the Reuben sandwich, barbeque beef brisket nachos, soft pretzels, and Oreo brownies, according to the Downtown Journal.
Other mobile food vendors who are considering downtown food service include St. Paul food truck Potter's Pasties and a new concept called Bloomy's Roast Beef. Bloomy's founders Ryan Bloomstrom and Katie Johnson reportedly raised the funds for their truck via a Kickstarter campaign and expect to be on the streets in mid-April.