Beginning at 6:30 a.m. on June 14 The Lynhall will open at 2640 Lyndale Ave South in Minneapolis. It’s an ambitious community culinary project masquerading as a humble neighborhood cafe set with lengths of farmhouse style communal tables. Get to know what all is going on inside before you visit.
First of all, there are the baked goods, lunch and dinner deliciousness from the kitchen overseen by Shane Oporto. Oporto was the final chef de cuisine at the now shuttered Minneapolis pinnacle of fine dining La Belle Vie. Pastry chef Katie Elsing, formerly of Icehouse bakes all the bread and stocks the cool case of confections.
The kitchen is open all day beginning with sweet and savory breakfast pastries, plus full breakfast options, moving into lunch service with pre-made deli options that can be snagged and eaten on the go before sliding into dinner service.
There’s a huge rotisserie with chickens slowly waltzing through their basting juices, waiting to be served or ferried into someone’s home.
The coffee is overseen by Tyler Lanzi, formerly of Dogwood Coffee.
There’s also a full bar with a menu written by the team at Bittercube. The company is fast-becoming the local go-to cocktail makers after building the bar at Eat Street Social and recently putting together bar programs for places as diverse from Can Can Wonderland to Cafe Alma. Cocktails lean on local spirits and classics, like a Lawless gin and sage Home on the Grange and a reverse Negroni.
Beyond the Menu
In an effort to help launch small food businesses, there is commercial kitchen space available for food start ups, plus shelf space in the cafe where items made there will be available for sale to the public.
Plus, there’s a television studio. There’s a fully lit kitchen, green screen and the availability of some stadium seating on site. Local big food companies like General Mills and Cargill have already made use of the cooking set that’s set up to film. The people behind The Lynhall are also hoping that the smaller food businesses using the space could use the kitchen to film segments for their websites and to promote the young businesses. Going forward, they’re also planning to host some cooking classes open to the public inside this room.
The studio isn’t the only place with cameras, though. The entire kitchen line can be filmed and loops of the chefs cooking can be transmitted into the dining room.
In addition to being able to rent the television studio, there’s also a side dining room that’s available to be reserved for private events. There’s a fireplace and shelves lined with art from local makers. It’s even equipped with a spotlight on what would be the head table, if it were to host an occasion like a wedding.
There is a lot going on inside this room, but at the outset, it’s a cafe and neighborhood restaurant ready to begin serving tomorrow.
Hours will be Sunday through Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.