Now that the opening date has been released, fresh details about the second coming of Minneapolis’ beloved fried chicken restaurant are bubbling to the surface and an exciting rate. Revival St. Paul, located at 525 Selby Avenue will open for lunch service beginning Monday December 26 at 11:00 a.m. Not only will diners be able to eat inside the new location, but we’ve been assured that take-out orders will also be available.
On the menu will be the standards, but there are a lot of other dishes going onto this much longer menu. This means, buttermilk dusted pork rinds (sounds cool ranch-y); dry rub wings; crispy brussels sprouts with sorghum vinaigrette, candied pecans, smoked chicken and a poached egg; Carolina-style pork sandwich; a hot link cheese dog; brisket (which only used to be available as a special), plus a whole selection of barbecue available by the plate. All the barbecue plates will come with skillet cornbread, pickled watermelon rind the choice of two more sides.
The remodel of the erstwhile Cheeky Monkey has been extensive. Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone, Revival’s co-owners, made the decision to move the entrance to the middle of the restaurant and increase bar seating. Diners can belly up for a full array of cocktails (and a nice view of their unofficial mascot, the Thunderchicken) or take one of the high-top seats along the front wall, overlooking Selby.
Sound has always been a factor with the original location and the owners were mindful of that in constructing the new space. Sound deadening panels and soft surfaces have been added wherever possible to make the noise slightly less boisterous.
The dining room is surrounded by plush, dark booths and the fireplace has been refaced, but the open, airy feel remains.
Meanwhile, the wallpaper is a nice, bright touch, featuring gold design and stacked cheetahs holding paws. Although, on closer inspection, we think they might be better described as jaguars, Rancone insists the English company from which it was ordered classifies them as cheetahs. We’ll leave it up to you to decide.