The restaurant first opened in the spring of 2015 and has served New Orleans-style cuisine all year ‘round inside the historic Como Pavilion on the shores of Como Lake in Saint Paul. The restaurant is operated by Jon Oulman, who has the New Amsterdam Bar in downtown Saint Paul. Next door to the restaurant is an outdoor stage that was often used for performances and events that have made dining in the restaurant during the warm months a fun dinner and a show option.
The building is owned by the St. Paul Park’s Board in a similar set-up to other park operated concessions around the Twin Cities, like Sea Salt by Minnehaha Falls or Tin Fish near Lake Calhoun. The Pioneer Press reports that this contract between the Parks Board and Como Dockside means that Como Dockside management group must pay the city 9 percent of its monthly gross revenue, or at least $100,000 annually.
Unique to this park side restaurant is the ability to operate year-round and it holds a full liquor license. The St. Paul Park Board has said it will “explore new business models.”
Park visitor’s have until Wednesday November 22 for one more sazerac by the lake.