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Revival and Nighthawks Are Edging Toward Opening

Both highly anticipated restaurants are weeks away from serving the first meals.

There is a flurry of construction activity on Nicollet in South Minneapolis. Nighthawks, Landon Schoenefeld's second restaurant on Nicollet Avenue and 38th Street is quickly taking shape. On the restaurant's Facebook page, the chef's team have been posting some tantalizing images of the dishes they are creating. Schoenefeld told Eater that the menu is his take on diner fare - not gussied up haute cuisine, just simple, straightforward and good food.

Schoenefeld first created proper gastropub fare at Bulldog Northeast before moving on to open his own restaurant HauteDish, which redefined our understanding of General Tso's chicken and tater tot hotdish.

Nighthawks cauliflower. Photo courtesy Facebook

The first images include a stunning hotdog topped with potato salad, pickled herring, roe and cucumber. Spicy cauliflower jumps off the page, dressed in a vibrant orange habanero hot sauce with yogurt. The burger looks like it could give Parlour a run for its stacked beef money.

Nighthawks will open before the end of April.

Thomas Boemer shows off the Revival fried chicken. Photo by Joy Summers

Meanwhile, Cochon 555 winner and Corner Table chef and co-owner Thomas Boemer has been pulling some late night shifts as he's bouncing between the successful restaurant at Nicollet and 46th Avenue and the original Corner Table restaurant back on Nicollet and 43rd Avenue. Boemer, who worked construction in a former life is helping built out the restaurant space.

Co-owner Nick Rancone proudly shared some in-process images as proof that the long-anticipated space is finally coming together.

Guests at Corner Table have been lucky enough to taste a few forthcoming bites of menu items in process. The craggy mountain-top biscuits are impossibly light considering the impressive amount of cheddar cheese that oozes into those cracks.

Rancone and Boemer have spent hours and countless calories developing a glorious, in-house ground hamburger.

Desserts include Southern classics like chess and banana cream pie.

The star of the restaurant and most anticipated dish would have to be the promised fried chicken.

Hungry fans won't have to wait much longer. Revival is in the final weeks of renovation. This summer - no really, this time - we will be packing picnic baskets with take out chicken orders.