The cursed address at 1610 Harmon Place has claimed another victim as the Kim Bartmann owned Bearcat closes its doors in what seems like minutes after opening them. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of Mpls./St. Paul Magazine spoke with restauranteur who also owns six other eateries in town including Bryant Lake Bowl, Cafe Barbette, Red Stag and others. She also owned the previous incarnation of this location, The Third Bird. That restaurant closed after two years while Bearcat made it just over a month, after opening for business January 19.
Bartmann admitted that the address is difficult, saying The Third Bird was too ambitious while Bearcat was a little too low brow. She has the space and a stocked bar for another month and invites anyone looking to host an event to contact her.
The room has been home to Nick & Eddie, a restaurant that was known for its love of local music; Cafe Maude, a second outpost of the Armatage neighborhood eatery before Bartmann and The Third Bird took over in August of 2014.
Most of the employees will be absorbed into Bartmann’s other businesses, but unfortunately, there isn’t room for everyone.
It’s a wonder what will work in this space with the beautiful view of nearby Loring Park and nearly no parking.