- The main dining room.
- The ceiling in the front bar area.
- The front bar area.
- The front bar.
- Stairs up to the mezzanine level.
- The mezzanine level (from below).
- The rear bar, with lobster tanks in the center.
- The lobster tanks.
- The rear bar, with lobster tanks and lobster pot (with exhaust fan above the lobster pot).
- The lobster pot.
- The kitchen, which will be largely open.
- Folding doors run all along the 6th Street side of the building and will be open during the summer.
- The 6th Street loading dock will function as a patio during the summer.
Ladies and gentlemen, Eater Minneapolis presents: a first inside look at the still under-construction Smack Shack brick n'mortar, one of our most anticipated openings of 2013. The brick building has been sitting like an impenetrable fortress for months (and months) on the corner of Washington Ave. and 6th St., the windows covered with coy advertisements and lobster images that prevent any peeking. But inside, construction is chugging along. And after multiple delays, including a promised January 22nd opening that has come and gone, the restaurant is really, definitely, for sure going to open in early February.
Minneapolis-based ESG Architects designed the space, which is just shy of 8,000 square feet. It includes two main rooms, for a total of 200 seats, each with its own bar: the front room will serve as the bar area and the rear room will serve as the main dining room. Both will feature the same menu, but the front room will be a little more casual (think TVs on the walls). There is also a small mezzanine level for extra seating and private events and, during the summer, the 6th Avenue loading dock will function as a patio.