Fig and Farro is now open inside Uptown’s Calhoun Square serving vegetarian cuisine in a beautifully refinished room. The space just off the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street has long been a home to many restaurants: Figlio, then Il Gato, Primebar and most recently Parella. That restaurant closed in January 2016, leaving a wide open, remodeled space filled with white walls waiting to be reborn.
Fig and Farro has been mindful of design since its inception. Co-owner Michelle Courtright, is a self-described serial entrepreneur who also owns MADE, a product design agency, she works with designer Ellen Hughes at the restaurant. (Also, in the mix is Thomas Dambrine, whose restaurant background includes working with larger quick-service companies like Dairy Queen and Bean Sprout Cafe.)
In addition to the plan of serving vegetarian, vegan and occasionally gluten-free foods, the team behind the restaurant hopes to promote a better way of living through diet and serving the community.
Near the front of the restaurant is a play house, complete with a stuffed tiger for little ones to explore and play while parents eat.
The once nearly colorless room is now mostly painted with a dark, slate blue and pops of rich colors like maroon and gold accent different dining areas, along with plenty of green plants.
All staff has been trained in both front and back of the house, in the hopes that everyone is paid in a fair way and all get the chance to learn new skills.
In keeping with that vibe, there are plenty of long, community-style tables in the hopes that Minnesotans will actually, willingly talk to each other.
The menu take inspiration from global flavors, serving dishes like shakshuka (eggs in spicy tomato sauce), hummus, lentil curries and more. Dishes are served family-style for easy sharing. Prices are moderate, with entrees under $20.
Fig + Farro is open 11am to 9pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.