Location: The Hotel Landing 925 Lake Street, Wayzata
Key Players: Ryan Lund
Projected Opening: Mid June
The longtime chef de cuisine and then chef at Lucia’s (the seiminal locavore restaurant in Uptown) is opening his first restaurant in the suburb we can’t get enough of: Wayzata. When the newly constructed Hotel Landing opens, Lund will commandeer Restaurant Nine Twenty-Five. Details on the restaurant are slim, but with his pedigree, we expect fresh, seasonal cuisine that’s ethically sourced.
UPDATE: Chef Ryan Lund said he jumped at this opportunity as soon as he spoke with the owners and realized their shared, fierce dedication to quality. The same locally sourced, ethically raised ingredients Lund was known for using at Lucia’s will be stocked inside this kitchen.
Building construction is buzzing along and the restaurant will include an area for musical performances and a mezzanine overlooking the bar and main dining room. The seating will be laid out by quiet, quieter and quietest with a cute little kissing booth thrown in for good measure.
Location: 4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis
Key Players: Doug Flicker and Amy Greeley
Projected Opening: Summer
The return of the neighborhood bar is being heralded by one of the finest chefs in the Twin Cities. A leader in his field, Doug Flicker recently closed his fine dining restaurant Piccolo and his next project is at the other end of the fancy pants spectrum. He and his business partner and wife Amy Greeley are transforming the former Sunrise Inn into Bull’s Horn Food & Drink which will include Tron, an awesomely stocked jukebox and definitely some great bar eats. That’s not reimagined chef-ed up ideas of what a hamburger can be: we’re talking juicy meat, American cheese and a white bread bun that goes “squish” when you bite into it.
Update: A pool table has been secured and that siding above the door has been removed to reveal some really cool, vintage windows. The room is getting a thorough scrub down and as the duo get Sandcastle’s summer season kicked off, they will soon be ready to turn full focus onto Bull’s Horn. Bar food dreams are getting closer.
Location: Northeast, near Indeed Brewing
Key Players: The Lyn 65 Team, chef Jose Alarcon
Projected Opening: Fall 2017
These are two eateries in one. Central will be an all day, laid back taco shop. Next door will be the more refined Popol Vuh, lead by chef Alarcon’s passion for the Mayan cuisine of his youth. Fire will be at the heart of Popol Vuh, where Alarcon will utilize an Argentinian wood burning grill. Alacron has been hosting pop ups inside the other kitchen he cooks in, Lyn 65. The restaurants are a collaboration with the kitchen crew and restaurant leadership there, including chef/owner Ben Rients. Popol Vuh will have 56 seats, including a counter where diners can get up close and personal with those flames.
Update: Keep your eyes open for another pop up and possibly something cool during Art a Whirl.
Location: 4300 Bryant Avenue S, Minneapolis
Key Players: Cameron Cecchini and Grisha Hammes
Projected Opening: May 9
This small tasting-menu only restaurant will open in the former Piccolo space. Cecchini and Hammes worked inside Piccolo with Doug Flicker so, they know the building well. If its possible to believe, the restaurant is just a bit smaller than before. Dinner will be focused, coursed dining experiences Tuesdays through Saturdays. There will be a kitchen bar and a few tables available for reservation. Each dinner will begin at the top of the hour and is expected to last around 90 minutes and will cost $50 with additional, optional beverages. Cecchini and Hammes will be cooking up a rotating set menu, but have noted that diners with allergies and food sensitivities are invited to call ahead and will be accommodated.
Update: Reservations are open beginning Tuesday May 9 and soft opening dinners must be right around the corner.
Location: 510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis
Key Players: Don Saunders
Projected Opening: Summer
We’ll once again be able to dine in the splendor of the restaurant at 510 Groveland. This space was the long-time home to Minneapolis award-winning La Belle Vie. The room makeover is nearly complete and the space is right on track for its summer opening with a kitchen led by Don Saunders. Saunders is the chef who led the late-lamented Fugaisse and currently has the refined neighborhood bistro, The Kenwood. We expect the subtle elegance and seasonal cuisine the chef is known for inside a stunning locaiton. To watch the room come together, follow 510mpls on Instagram.
Update: There’s a Jackie-O room and pink! Design fans must be swooning over that Instagram feed. Still on track to open this summer.