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A Little Kitsch and a Lot of Class Inside Northeast’s New Bad Waitress

The second outpost of the Eat Street Diner opens February 17.

Hand painted murals, found treasures and killer pancakes

In just one week and a day, the newest Bad Waitress will be open for business in Northeast. The new location from husband and wife team Andy and Mary Cohen brings their stacks of flapjacks, rivers of maple syrup and irresistible verve to the neighborhood.

Like her big sister location on Eat Street, this Bad Waitress relies on a few classic diner touches, like the shiny red and chrome chairs and dizzying black and white tile patters mixed in with new construction to give its dining room a timeless feel. The Cohens partnered with Shea, Inc on the design.

This turn-of-the-century building at 700 Central Avenue Northeast, was originally a furniture factory and it has that warehouse-y feel and the room is flooded with light thanks to the generous number of windows.

There’s one counter that faces the open kitchen for dining and another bar along the opposite wall for the dining and the drinking.

The dining room and bar at the new Bad Waitress
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Assisting with the drinking is one of the most respected bartenders in the Twin Cities, Johnny Michaels. He made his bones behind the bar at La Belle Vie and is largely credited with founding the craft sprits movement in Minneapolis.

The room features murals and a similar eclectic style as the first location.
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Like the original location, day service is nonexistent (that’s the cuteness of the name). Customers fill out orders on a provided pad of paper. Breakfast will available all day and then at night, things take a turn.

Why doesn’t ever diner come with a full bar?
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The restaurant switches to full service and the menu will expand to include some elevated bar snackies including sliders, pickled veggies and a rotating crostini situation.

Plenty of natural light and an open kitchen makes for happy Instagramming.
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The art inside this place pops against several well-placed vintage and salvaged pieces.

If you can’t find the bathroom, it’s not our fault.
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A few other tour highlights include the separate coffee, bar, chill lounge area and the huge mural painted local artist Shawn McCann. Bad Waitress Northeast officially opens for breakfast on February 17.

Sliding barn doors and giant light balls.
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I see what you did there, neon sign.
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Flying in her invisible jet pint glass.
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Cozy corner.
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