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Shuttered Rachel’s Location Finds New Life

Chhef Remy Pettus has purchased the Northeast restaurant.

Rachel’s has been sold to Remy Pettus.

Former Cosmos and opening Eastside chef Remy Pettus is opening his own restaurant. After several months of discussion, Pettus convinced Rachel’s prolific property owner John Rimarcik, to sell him the property, which has been closed for remodeling for months.

The location, on bustling Hennepin avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, is stellar. Already a buzzy shopping and dining hub, it’s about to get even busier with the building of several condo projects in the area, including the controversial development where Nye’s once stood.

According to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Dan DeBaun, Pettus would not reveal his new concept, but promises it will be more “foodie driven” and different from anything he has done in his past. Rachel’s has always been known for its simple, quiet menu, so it will be very interesting to see what Pettus has planned.

Previous to Rachel’s, beloved Bobino’s sat in the location for a decade. In 2005, owner Chris Paddock sold the spot to Rimarcik, who also owns Pracna on Main, Monte Carlo, Runyon’s, Kitty Cat Klub, Annie’s Parlour, Aster Cafe and Edina’s Convention Grill

Pettus abruptly left Ryan Burnet’s Eastside a year ago, after serving as opening executive chef since fall of 2015. With any luck, the new restaurant will be open by this summer.