The little original Colossal Cafe location is making the switch to a sandwich shop called The Original 42nd with two experienced Twin Cities chefs at the helm. Andy Lilja has worked with Colossal Cafe (whose owners still own the building) and had opened the St. Anthony Park location. Stephanie Kochlin is best known for opening Pig and Fiddle in Edina. Now, the duo will be creating fresh sandwiches in the tiny South Minneapolis spot. Both will be creating made-to-order sandwiches plus a few soups and sandwiches.
Kochlin said in a statement, “"The Original is going to be a friendly, neighborhood place offering classic sandwiches, made with a unique twist. Some will be quirky, and everything will be delicious."
The duo have both worked at Lenny Russo’s groundbreaking, all local-sourced restaurant Heartland, but not together. Although, a couple for the last 14 years, this is going to be the first time the duo have run a pro kitchen together. They are also seriously committed to great sandwiches: their dog is named Po’ Boy. That’s dedication.
Meanwhile, Colossal Cafe has moved Minneapolis operations to 2403 East 38th Street.