Spitz, the Mediterranean fast-casual mini chain has seven location between Los Angeles, San Diego and Salt Lake City will open its next location in mid-May inside the former Wilde Roast Cafe space at 518 E Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis (next to newly rebranded R Taco).
Founded in 2006 by Bryce Rademan and Robert Wicklund, a St. Cloud native, Spitz’s menu focuses around what Rademan originally fell in love with while studying abroad in Europe: the döner kebab. Meat is grilled on a vertical spit, shaved to order and paired with a variety of sauces and vegetables. The sandwiches and wraps are just the beginning. There will also be Döner salads and baskets, garden bowls, falafel, and crunchy döquitos; a Mediterranean taquito.
The funky space featuring a large curved bar, full wall black and white murals, colorful graffiti and torn paper posters that channel local and global street art. Large communal tables will fill the front area next to the bar, where local craft beers will be on tap alongside a selection of wines and Spitz’s five house sangrias, but in back, expect a shuffleboard table and more intimate seating.
This will be Spitz’s first location in Minnesota and Wicklund will be helming the restaurant with his brother-in-law, Chris Law. "To be able to bring my business back to my home state and open it with my brother-in-law is really exciting," says Wicklund.
Look for the doors to open mid-May.