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The First Look Inside NOLO’s Kitchen

The North Loop restaurant opens Monday

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The tables are being set, the bar stocked and the yard stick wall has been installed. These are the final few days of preparations before the North Loop’s newest neighborhood restaurant, NOLO’s Kitchen opens for business. What was once Gardner’s Hardware (and before that, the Maytag building) has been transformed. The ground level is wide open with huge windows that face Washington Avenue and plenty of natural light.

The restaurant is the work of chef Peter Hoff; Marty Collins who owns McCoy’s Public House along with several Kansas City restaurants, and Brett Johnson, whose family has run The Hilltop Restaurant in Edina for the past 40 years.

Exterior shot of NOLO’s Kitchen
The big blue doors open on Monday
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The restaurant is in the final stages of being put together in anticipation of a Monday opening. NOLO’s will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

There are just a few funky touches to the straightforward room
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The menu is straightforward American with everything scratch made, down to fresh pastas that will be made in an open kitchen.

High top tables near the bar
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In a nod to the hardware store before, there’s a wall accent made with custom made yard sticks
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Chef and co-owner Peter Hoff
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Right on Washington Ave: These are prime people watching seats
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NOLO’s will serve breakfast/lunch and dinner
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The triumphant return of the bread bowl
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Fire roasts the pizzas, vegetables and more
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A peek at the opening menu
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That’s just-made pasta in the mac and cheese
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A white bowl holds egg pasta topped with crispy breadcrumbs
Just in time for winter bulk up
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