Victory 44's Erick Harcey has completely left Stock & Badge, his partnership with local roaster Dogwood Coffee and local bakery Rustica, which is behind Longfellow restaurant/coffee shop Parka and relatively newly-opened Half Pint at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Back in January, he announced that he would no longer be part of Stock & Badge's day-to-day operations but that he would remain a partner; he is now no longer a partner at all. Victory 44 has also replaced Dogwood Coffee with Milwaukee-based Colectivo Coffee and Rustica baked goods with pastries from Patisserie 46.
Harcey said that it was "a good amicable split for both sides" and added, "I've had a couple people call wondering about the dirt, and there's really nothing to it. They're great guys, they run a great business. I just want to focus more on my style of cooking...I just wanted to go on my own and do my own thing."
Harcey also said that he will no longer be in charge of Bent Arrow, the restaurant that he was going to open in the former In Season space in South Minneapolis; instead, it will be a Stock & Badge project (the company remains active).
But, there is possibly another new Harcey project coming up; he wouldn't share full details yet, but said he has a new project coming up in a "phenomenal" neighborhood, with an educational piece involved. "It's a gamechanging concept, so I think it's going to be pretty rad," Harcey said.
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