Chris and Danielle Bjorling


The Copper Hen




Danielle Bjorling is a pastry chef and baker. Her husband, Chris, has an accounting background. They plowed some profits from managing rental properties into Danielle’s dream, a cake-driven restaurant on Eat Street (Nicollet Avenue) in South Minneapolis. The original Copper Hen Cakery opened in 2014 to strong word-of-mouth reviews and remains busy today. The couple is in expansion mode for the months ahead, adding a private dining space to their home base, opening Gray Fox Coffee in the TCF Bank tower in downtown Minneapolis, and developing Copper Cow, a burger-focused joint in Minnetonka. In an interview with TCB, Chris had lamented the complexity and unpredictability of the restaurant business, but the couple seems to have things well in hand today.