Oh, Linden Hills, with your adorable shops, top quality butcher and ice cream stores not to mention ridiculously delicious restaurants. With the gorgeous houses, beautiful families and proximity to Lake Harriet, could you get any better? Apparently, one of the most sought-after residential neighborhoods in the Twin Cities does have a tiny bit of room for improvement.
John Kraus, the world-renowned pastry chef and owner of South Minneapolis' Patisserie 46 is opening a new bakery right in the heart of that most coveted neighborhood. Rose Street Patisserie is taking shape inside a part of the former Settegren's Hardware store. The location had originally been a part of Erick Harcey's ambitious Upton 43 plans, but when he shifted focus to the current concept, he decided to abandon the plan for that wing of the building on Upton Avenue near 43rd Street.
The new bakery will seek to unite the customer and the baker and the inspiration comes from his European eating experiences. As he told Stephanie March at Mpls./St. Paul Magazine the inspiration for the name comes from near and far, "Well, besides the fact that the rose is a perfect flower, and that a rose was the first sugared flower I ever made, and that it's my mom's middle name, it really comes from a very pivotal moment in my life. I was in England and had bought a brioche to eat while walking through the Queen's rose garden. When I took a bite, it was the most perfect brioche I had ever had, it was a spectacular moment in that garden, and I knew I wanted to do pastry for my life's work."
So, that's the word Linden Hills. Your neighborhood is getting even better and we didn't even know that was possible. Look for a spring opening.