The most exciting restaurant to open in the Schmidt Brewery’s Keg and Case Development will be In Bloom from Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone opening late spring of 2018 on West 7th in St. Paul. The duo also own and operate Corner Table and the two Revival locations.
The project is drawing a good majority of the focus for Boemer, the chef and Rancone, the front of house and hospitality expert. The name comes after many lengthy discussions and several ideas. Said Rancone, “This is the next step in our restaurant life.” In Bloom embodies growth: it’s seasonal; the best. Like Corner Table, which has become synonymous for working with small farms and using unique ingredients, like hard-to-find foraged mushrooms. In Bloom will prepare everything over fire with the restaurant’s centerpiece, a 20 foot hearth.
Boemer has been working over the jerry-rigged grills and ovens in the back of Corner Table and at events like the last year’s Great Northern chef’s cookout. He’ll again be experimenting with the technique on Monday January 29, when the Great Northern chef’s cookout at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market space takes place again this year. Tickets can be found here.
In addition to In Bloom, Keg & Case will be a food hall that features a center of stands from all different types of food purveyors with several restaurants around the exterior. In addition to In Bloom there will be a scoop shop from Sweet Science and coffee from Five Watt.
In addition to the food, In Bloom will have a full bar available and the rustic, approachable wine selection that Rancone has built a reputation upon.
Back at Corner Table, their original restaurant, Rancone says the new build-your-own tasting menu under the stewardship of chef de cuisine Karyn Tomlinson is going well. “What she’s doing embodies what that restaurant should be about. Farmers are actually doing cool shit on a smaller scale because restaurants are engaging them on a smaller scale and willing to buy what they’re doing. People on both sides are investing in the thing. And we’ll continue to do that.”
Expect In Bloom to open before summer 2018.