The interior bears little resemblance to the former life of the restaurant space with wood paneled floors and red draping accents. The once harsh acoustics have been tamed. The dining room is dimly lit with scarlet accents and cozy, intimate seating.
What does remain is the bar. In another life, with the Town Talk was the cradle for the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene and Nick Kosevich was making his madcap alcoholic confections, this was the spot people jockeyed to sit. Once again, the bar is fully stocked with craft spirits and reinventions of classic cocktails are being served. Their version of an Old Fashioned $8 is spiked with cherry, pushing the drink into Manhattan territory. An $8 French 75 is tarted up with Cointreau along with gin, lemon and prosecco.
The food menu offers comfort food like mushroom gougeres, beef tartare, bouillabaisse and voul au vent, puff pastry topped with a chicken and lobster gravy studded with green peppers. Prices are reasonable and mostly under $20.
The diner opens today at 4 p.m. Hours will be Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., open for brunch at 9 a.m. through 2 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. Le Town Talk Diner & Drinkery is closed Monday.