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Stock and Badge Out of the Restaurant Business; Agra Culture Moves Into Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Half Pint and Grain Stack are out, Agra Culture is moving in.

Photo courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Arts

It was a brief business for Grainstack at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Months after opening, the restaurant announced they would close for the summer. As fate would have it, Grainstack will not re-open.

The Minneapolis Arts Institute had partnered with Stock & Badge, the collaboration between chef Erick Harcey, Dogwood Coffee and Rustica Bakery to two restaurants inside the museum, plus a coffee bar. Now, Stock & Badge, sans Harcey who left the partnership, will now shutter of their eateries.

Their first restaurant was Parka, which debuted to rave reviews, only to flame out, closed this month. Dogwood Coffee owner Greg Hoyt told Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune, "We're going to be concentrating on coffee and bakery."

Moving into the vacated spaces will be Agra Culture, owned by Andrea and Aaron Switz. Agra Culture currently operates two locations, one in Uptown and another at 50th and France in Edina. The duo also operate the quickly expanding Yogurt Lab chain.

Expect Agra Culture to open in the Minneapolis Arts Institute in October.