After moving to its new location this spring, Corner Table extended hours to include a popular weekend brunch service. The team fast became known for decadent dishes like pork belly Benedict and crispy fried rabbit over sweet potato waffles.
The neighborhood bistro's profile has been on the rise since Nick and Chenny Rancone, along with chef Thomas Boemer, took over the restaurant from previous chef and owner Scott Pampuch (who already brought the spot fame and renown for refined locally-sourced fare). Boemer arrived in the Twin Cities with an impressive culinary background after working for Alain Ducasse in Las Vegas and a Southern upbringing that lends a little low-country love to his classically trained French cuisine technique.
The Rancones are practiced in the art of great service and Nick is known for a well-selected wine list that enhances any Corner Table dining experience, at both affordable and top shelf prices.
The brunch service has been a darling of Instagram accounts across town when they launched the menu earlier when they opened the new location. So, it wasn't without precedence that Nick would proclaim in a phone conversation yesterday, "We're killing brunch service." It was easy to agree that yes, they were.
"No, I mean it's dead. We've halted all brunch service at Corner Table. Last week was our last," he said.
Why pull the plug on a clearly successful endeavour? Nick Rancone explained, "We want to focus on dinner and give the crew Sundays off. It didn't seem in line with the Corner Table concept."
Lucky for those who like a fine way to start a Sunday, this is not the last sweet potato, maple cream-stuffed long John for us. Likely, a similar version of the menu will be reborn at the second restaurant they expect to open soon. Revival will serve low-country inspired dishes including both gluten-full and gluten-free fried chicken inside the original Corner Table location at 42nd and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.