At long last, restaurateur-about-town Kim Bartmann's much-talked-about project Tiny Diner is slated to open next week, according to the restaurant's Facebook page. The restaurant was first announced in December 2012, and Bartmann—who owns several Twin Cities restaurants, including Pat's Tap, Barbette, the Red Stag, and Bryant Lake Bowl—shared more details about the project last fall.
Now, The Growler has a sneak peek, including details about the menu and space.
A couple highlights from The Growler's sneak peek:
· Head chef Brian Jones relocated to Minneapolis from New York for the gig. His previous experience includes working at the much-acclaimed M. Wells Dinette in Queens and time under lauded chefs Masaharu Morimoto (best known as an Iron Chef) and Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone (the team behind New York's Torrisi Italian Specialties and Parm).
· The menu will be farm-to-table, but it will be more focused on showcasing "culinary acumen." To wit: dishes like turkey liver on caraway toasts with quick-pickled raspberries; Philly cheese steak with real cheese sauce, shisito peppers, and red onions; and sourdough pancakes from a 120-year-old starter that Jones brought to Minneapolis from NYC.
· There will be 10-20,000 bees, kept in two hives. Other sustainability measures include the solar paneled roof, which will provide up to 80% of the restaurant's energy.
· Sneak Peek: Tiny Diner [The Growler]
· Tiny Diner Facebook Page [Facebook]
· All Coverage of Tiny Diner [Eater MPLS]