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510 and The Lynhall Are Immediate Hits, According to the Star Tribune

Despite being open less than a month

A large white room with bookshelves, exposed wood beams, and a long farmhouse table set for dinner
This setting and Shane Oporto’s food give The Lynhall a stunning start.
Photo courtesy of The Lynhall

It’s only July, but according to Rick Nelson at Star Tribune, it’s already been a beauty of a year for the Minnesota culinary scene. In a recent article, Nelson names a handful of stellar restaurants that have opened in the Twin Cities this year, including brand spanking new 510 Lounge, Don Saunders’ restaurant and event space in the former La Belle Vie digs, and the nascent The Lynhall, which at this point still lacks complete definition.

Most of the six Nelson considers “best new restaurants” are on the higher end of the dining scale, including the resurrected Lexington in St. Paul, Gavin Kaysen’s Bellecour, and Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson’s Grand Café. Counter-service BBQ spot StormKing Barbecue gets high marks for its brisket, “smoky, buttery” ribs and spot-on sides. Nelson calls The Lynhall’s dishes “sensitive” and “affordable.” He also gives a nod to Founder Anne Spaeth’s staff, including La Belle Vie’s final chef de cuisine Shane Oporto, noting his transition from formal to the open, casual, no-server style dining.

Cush seats inside the 510 Lounge

Four spots earned honorable mentions in this mid-year round up, including Rise Bagel Co. in the North Loop, ticketed restaurant Tenant in the former Piccolo space, Chef J.D. Fratzke and restauranteur Matty O’Reilly’s Bar Brigade in a sleepy neighborhood of St. Paul and Jun, who along with soul satisfying Sichuan dishes and lovely cocktails also serves all-day-every-day dim sum.


730 North Washington Avenue, , MN 55401 (612) 208-0706 Visit Website

The Lynhall

2640 Lyndale Avenue South, , MN 55408 (612) 870-2640 Visit Website


4300 Bryant Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN Visit Website

Grand Cafe

3804 Grand Avenue South, , MN 55409 (612) 822-8260 Visit Website

Bar Brigade

470 Cleveland Avenue South, , MN 55105 Visit Website

510 Lounge

510 Groveland, Minneapolis, MN Visit Website

The Lexington

1096 Grand Avenue, , MN 55105 (651) 289-4990 Visit Website