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Tim McKee Is Bringing a New Food Hall to Lowertown (Updated)

The James Beard award winner is opening the former Heartland space.

From fine dining to food hall, this historic building has a new tenant.

James Beard Award winning chef Tim McKee is about to launch an ambitious restaurant and market project inside the vacated Heartland complex in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood to be called the Market House Collaborative. This is also the name of the red brick building at 289 East Fifth Street that was originally built in 1902. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of Mpls./St. Paul Magazine first reported the news the the former chef/owner of the late, lamented La Belle Vie, who bought into the sustainable seafood supplier The Fish Guys earlier this year will open a seafood market, casual restaurant, a butcher shop and bakery.

The restaurant component will be casual and serve different kinds of seafood we’ve probably never even heard of, let alone sampled before. Our little landlocked state will have access to the fisherman that the distributor works with and will take advantage of the lesser known varieties.

There will also be the Almanac Fish Market with all kinds of seafood to bring home.

In addition to these businesses inside the 17,000 square foot complex that faces the St. Paul Farmers Market and is right next to CHS Field also has room for a butcher shop and a bakery.

The butcher shop will hopefully be a second outpost for a Minneapolis butcher shop, Mpls./St. Paul Magazine reports. There will also be a bakery and an equally well-known baker will likely set up a shop that will supply the restaurant with breads and pastries.

Plus, Market House Collaborative have tapped prolific pretty makers Shea, Inc. to design the space.

The projected opening is October 2017.

Update: This story previously stated that The Fish Guys were part owners in that project. Tim McKee is still involved with them, and this will be seafood heavy with them, but they are not owners of the operation.

Market House Collaborative

289 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN