It's been a whirlwind half year for chef Erick Harcey. The owner of Victory 44 opened his second restaurant Upton 43 at the end of last year inside the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis. (Both restaurants being named for their locations.) The uniquely Swedish-Minnesotan restaurant launched a brunch soon after opening and soon a chef's table started selling out tickets for 10 course meals inside the open kitchen, cozied up near the wood-burning grill. And then, if that wasn't enough, he started inviting friends over for chef-collaborations with people like Piccolo's Doug Flicker, Corner Table's Thomas Boemer and the Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer. Apparently, that amount of crazy fun wasn't enough for the tireless chef. Now, he's ready to move into the next phase of his restaurant takeover.
This Thursday April 21 the Dirty Bird will officially launch at the back of Upton 43, but word has it the shop is softly open right now. This is a rotisserie chicken fueled take out shop with all the sides perfect for grabbing and going. Because it's Harcey, some things will be simple, but plenty more will likely be some next level reinventions of items we thought we once knew. Condiments available will include things like house-fermented vinegars, hand-churned butters, pickley good things.
Regular hours will be 11:00 am to 9:00 pm at 4312 Upton Avenue in Minneapolis.